We all see it in the movies, the big boss sitting behind a huge table in his / her Victorian styled designer chair, whilst the employee sits quivering in their boots in what can only be considered some form of garden chair. The employer and the employee, the manager and his subordinate, Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in “The Devil Wears Prada.” The understanding of the word “manager” can erupt fear, degradation, and those multiple sick days.
As a recruiter, my immediate question to a candidate who is in a position of power is “so what is your managing style?” Why do I ask this? Why do I need to know how you manage people and what is actually the correct answer? To be honest, there is no correct answer, but there is an increasing understanding that the so called “manager” type is needing to be downgraded and eventually discarded.
In 2017 the world is moving so fast that if you aren’t moving with it, you will be left behind. The understanding of a generic “manager” is definitely heading towards this path and that is why those in power need to look towards a leadership mentality and not that of barking orders to others. As an agency we visit many clients, allowing us to see a company from an outside perspective. Further, we attend numerous seminars by professional speakers, making sure we able to see different perspectives and gain knowledge on upcoming trends in the business sector.
From a recent seminar, I was motivated to feedback to clients and candidates alike for them to assess themselves. It is important for all of us to self-reflect and grow from information that crosses out paths.
A leader can be described in the following ways:
So here’s the question, are you a leader or a manager?