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Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Featured, Leadership, Workplace Optimism | 1 comment

Most Important Choice As A Manager

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We live in a world where it’s easy to hide behind inaction when it comes to standing up for beliefs. The truth is detractors will speak out against you the louder you speak up for what you believe. I learned early in my career that when you speak out against the status quo, people will work to discredit your words and actions. It is one of humanities ugly sides. And it’s a truth that we must be prepared for as managers.

When you speak out against the status quo, people will work to discredit your words and actions. It is one of humanities ugly sides.

For despite the ugly truth of the subterfuge, on the extreme end, from those who are reluctant to listen to what you believe or to explore a contrarian belief to their own, managers must be willing to choose to stand up for what they believe.

Now, what belief am I talking about? The most important choice as a manager you can make is to believe in the capabilities and good intentions of your employees.

The choice will assuredly poke detractors in the side and provoke them to rail against you. But remember that such actions are not about you. It’s about their own issues that confront them when you choose to believe in the possibilities that are woven into our humanity.

The most important choice as a manager you can make is to believe in the capabilities and good intentions of your employees

See, business and the belief in the best in people don’t need to be separated. When we believe in the best of our employees’ abilities for the sake of business growth and success, we win. So, too, does the business, our employees, our teams, our departments.

The truth, however, is you as a manager must choose to let your belief in the good in people emerge and reemerge daily. Sometimes it’s moment by moment. We work in a world where it’s easier to let controlling-management , believing people need to be controlled or that people will disappoint time and again, prevail as our management-style default.

We need more managers willing to walk lock-step with the belief that employees can do great works

We don’t need more managers who believe the worst in people. To accept this belief slows progress and weakens teams and organizations. The state of our workplaces needs less pessimism and more possibility, optimism.

We need more managers willing to walk lock-step with the belief that employees can do great works, walk lock-step with the belief that employees want to get their fingerprints on work that matters and to do good in this world.

The choice to believe in people may come with challenges, but it’s far better than the lack of progress that comes with not choosing. Or worse yet, believing that people will continually disappoint and manage and lead from that belief.

 

Shawn Murphy

Change Leader | Speaker | Writer Co-founder and CEO of Switch and Shift. Passionately explores the space where business & humanity intersect. Promoter of workplace optimism. Believes work can be a source of joy. Top ranked leadership blogger by Huffington Post. The Optimistic Workplace (AMACOM) out 2015

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