Advice For The New Boss

woman speaks to group at conference table
woman speaks to group at conference table

Countless articles, books, and videos exist on how to be a good manager and leader. Here I will try a more concrete approach. This is the talk I'd give my employees if I were a new manager or leader.

"I want to do everything I can to be a manager you'll respect and who facilitates your being your best selves. Perhaps you'll find it useful for me to briefly tell you my philosophy of management.

I believe in treating each of you, not equally, but fairly. You're all individuals and so you all have different needs, strengths, and weaknesses. Some of you do better with lots of freedom, others with close supervision and accountability. Some prefer very specific instructions while others would consider that micromanagement. I'll try to flex to meet each of your needs---I want to create an environment that enables each of you to, as I said, be your best self.