TIP: If your all-star team isn't performing as well as your expection

Managing is both a reward and a responsibility. Seeing you as a role model, those who depend on your leadership can be very perceptive - they observe, learn and model every move you make. Modeling is one of the primary ways that people learn and grow on the job - they watch what happens to team members when they succeed or fail and those experiences become a reference for how they perform.

Through your behaviors, your actions, your values, your beliefs and even your expressions, you are in a position of tremendous power to influence and model the development of the people around you. If your team isn't performing as well as your expection, maybe you are not modeling to them the right behavior.

  • Do you hang your self-worth and self-esteem on the corporate ladder, impressing others, and looking good, or do you pursue it through working relationship, personal integrity and exploration?
    • Do you model personal integrity by avoiding such behaviors as gossiping and lying?
    • Do you go through the day with energy, or are you constantly stressed and emotionally flat?
    • Does your staff see you reaching for something more, or have you gotten too comfortable in the nonthreatening sameness of your career?
  • Do you approach problems and setbacks as opportunities, or do you label every problem a crisis?
    • Do you model competency in crisis situations, or does fear slip into your interactions?
    • Do you effectively resolve conflicts with other people, or do you withdraw, pound the table, or slam the phone down?
    • Do you equate disappointments with sour grapes, or do you deal with it gracefully and show your maturity and objectivity?
  • Do you model positive relationships with people that are competent and supportive, or do you tear them down or talk behind their backs?
    • Do you give mostly negative feedback, belittle people in front of others or do you give praise when it's due?
    • Do you show interests in your staff's activities outside of work, or do you back off because you've got too much on your plate?

We all model the wrong behavior sometimes. After all, we're overworked and overstressed along with everyone else. But if your team is consistently underperforming, then you may be consistently modeling the wrong behavior. Maybe you are the one who needs to improve the performance first.

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  2. These tips should be included in a guidebook that is given to everyone who becomes a manager.