10-Second Quiz: Your Leadership Worldview
Which seems more accurate to you?
- People are generally good, and want to do their best.
- People will take advantage if you let them.
This is more than a management issue, it’s a worldview. But this worldview informs our management philosophy and practices.
Didn’t realize you had a management philosophy? Oh, you do. We all do. At the deepest level there are only two camps to pick from, though naturally some of us are more extreme in our outlook than others.
One outlook says our people need to be watched, controlled, and motivated if we want to get them to work.
The other says none of that is true. Rather, people want to do their best, so to earn our pay as leaders, all we have to do is figure out how best to help them.
Next time, we’ll dig a little deeper into what this means at work.*
What about you? What’s your worldview? Or am I wrong, and there are more than two options that I’ve overlooked? I’d love to read all about it in the comments!
*This is part one of a three-part series.
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