How Do You Know If You Have An Awesome Manager?
The definition of an awesome manager is:
“A manager who practices self-awareness ALWAYS treats everyone as a valued human being, regardless of their title or generational dogma.”
How can you know for sure what an awesome manager FEELS like?
They may be nice and fair but what criteria should be used to actually tell if your manager is awesome or not.
It’s all in the way they interact with you and how they go about developing you so that you want to perform at your best.
It’s the manager who has very little self-awareness who attempts to use different “tricks” to TRY to motivate their people to pull out their best performance.
Ideally, awesome managers are supposed to develop you in four basic ways:
It’s the way they manage their own energy, empowerment, support and communication that will show you.
An Awesome Manager will:
- ENERGIZE YOU
Whether you believe it or not, the ideal manager is supposed to be the expert at making things happen. They are supposed to create more energy than they consume. The ideal manager should have a dynamic leadership style and work with each individual employee – on their level – to pull out your best behavior and inspire you to do your best work, no matter how old you are or what your generational context is. Awesome managers have good energy. They don’t flaunt it or force their energy on anyone because they are secure in who they are. They practice self-awareness and are constantly making adjustments in their management style.
- EMPOWER YOU
The ideal manager is also supposed to give you the authority to make decisions with the intention of doing excellent work that is in the best interest of the organization.
The ideal manager is supposed to know how to leverage your effort toward a common purpose. They are supposed to support you in doing your job in a way that your creativity and commitment help take you and the organization to great heights of success.
An awesome manager empowers their self. They never wait for upper management to give them direction or to constantly align their plans with the corporate vision. An awesome manager does that all on their own. An awesome manager uses the greatest tool they have, their body, to show you how to empower yourself.
- SUPPORT YOU
The ideal manager is supposed to be a coach, counselor, and colleague, not an overbearing overseer or assassin. They are supposed to uplift you, not intimidate you. They are supposed to know how to set up a supportive environment with open communication so you can express your concerns – truthfully and completely – without fear or consequence and are open to compromise as long as it supports everyone’s overall goals, including the goals of the organization.
The ideal manager is supposed to give you the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them, without making you feel like a dumbass or cussing you out.
- COMMUNICATE WITH YOU
The ideal manager is supposed to know that communication is the lifeblood of every organization. They know that applied information is power and as the growth of the business accelerates, the right information must be communicated and acted upon faster than ever.
The ideal manager is supposed to know that constant change and disorder in business means more communication is needed, not less.
Instinctively, the ideal manager is supposed to know what the right amount of communication is to help you do your job to the best of your abilities and this will help anticipate the impact that new opportunities have on you and the organization.
The ideal manager/leader is supposed to be the master of all these functions. They are supposed to know that by being a master at energizing you, empowering you, supporting you and communicating with you, you will respond with engagement, endless morale, loyalty and seamless productivity. When you find someone with all of these perfect qualities, please let us know.
“Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.”
~ Tony Robbins
The Secret: How to Stop the Frustration and Get a Grip on Reality
Some of the most valuable skills you can bring to your workplace is your ability to overcome obstacles, be flexible and remain calm. When the workload is on steroids, stay organized. When someone has personal problems, be empathetic. When supplies are short, look for alternatives. When your manager falls short, change your expectations because…
If you get off on being frustrated, don’t do a fucking thing!
If you want to stop being frustrated…
- Stop expecting that your manager is a great planner.
- Stop expecting that your manager is a great organizer.
- Stop expecting that your manager will be a great leader who can energize you, empower you, support you or who can effectively communicate with you.
- Stop expecting more communication. Even if you get more communication, it doesn’t mean that it will be useful or that you will perform better.
- Stop blaming. Don’t go around blaming your shitty performance on a lack of communication. Pull your head out of your ass and be the one to ask. Be the one to take initiative and get clarity on the expectations of your work, behavior and performance. Take responsibility for getting what you need to do your job effectively.
- Stop expecting that your manager can control all of the internal and external bullshit that affects your work environment and your end results.
- Stop expecting your manager to coach you and manage your performance. If you get coaching and performance reviews, be grateful and use them to your best advantage. Most organizations, even top brands, don’t do any performance coaching at all and if they do, most are only required to do it once a year. Take the time to learn what a performance review is and if you aren’t getting them from your manager, do your own self-assessment and work to improve continuously.
TAKE CHARGE RIGHT NOW
Show your best performance and your best behavior, Speak clearly. Do your best planning and be organized. Manage your time, your energy and the direction of your life will follow your every move!
Why? Because you can!
The problem is unaware people and the solution is self-aware people. When people decide to wake-up and develop their self-awareness, things can begin to change. Until then, just know that any organization you go into, at some level or another, will be screwed up! It’ll be the same everywhere you go.
Stop expecting your manager to be perfect, because they’re not and they never will be.
Now, you might be thinking, “changing my crappy situation can’t be this easy.” YES, it can. The sooner you accept this and the sooner you change your expectations and begin to take control of your situation, the happier and richer you will be.
And for you ZEN people out there, yes, we understand that we are all perfect the way we are and the way we’re not…our flaws are perfect too which makes us all perfect.
“The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”