A Team Leader's Key Instrument: Behavior

In the previous blog post, you looked at the first of three essential tools that are at your disposal as a first-time manager (FTM). You looked at how action or non-action ends up defining you as either powerful—in the positive constructive sense—or powerless.

Now, it’s time to look at the next key instrument—your behavior.

When I work with young managers who are in their first leadership position, I always give them a brief talk about being on stage.

It goes something like this:

The moment you become a leader of any kind, you're on stage 24/7. What I mean by that is that everything you say and do is registered, compared and interpreted by your followers.

The way you get out of your car on the car park in the morning, how you walk across the parking lot, what you say as you come in through the door, who you talk to first and who you don’t talk to—on and on it goes throughout the day.

It’s as if you have a GoPro camera mounted on a...

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