Managing Your Team and Leading by Example

As a King/Executive it’s critical to remember that while others may defer to you in public, some of your choices land poorly with your team in private. Given this, be mindful that changing your schedule impacts others, that having “court” favorites breeds internal resentment, and that the free flow of information is critical.

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As the boss, it makes sense that others defer to your schedule with regard to meeting times, project deadlines, and vacation-day choices. There will be times, however, when a last-minute change in your plans can throw everyone and everything into disarray. In these moments, if you can’t alter the impact on others, be certain to apologize for it.

Sharing information on a “need to know” basis can be second nature for a King/Executive. That said, your team can’t operate effectively if they are not privy to the essential pieces of the story. Ensure that your team has all the information they need to show the initiative that ends up making you all look good.

While bestowing favor (and granting favors) is a King/Executive’s prerogative, it can be difficult for your team members if one minute they feel like they are in favor and the next they are out. With this in mind, be careful not to pick one favorite this week and another the next. Consistent encouragement of everyone you supervise is critical to cohesive team building.