As a manager, you bring your individual perspectives, values and judgments to your role. It is natural, but also has an impact that you may not recognize. You’ve heard the phrase rose colored glasses? It is about just that – you see things through the lens of your own experiences. What lens are you looking through as you carry out your responsibilities as a manager? One of my previous blog posts looked at the impact of your point of view on your managing.
Taking this forward, your individual point of view can feed the creation of assumptions regarding your role as a manager. Assumptions are things that you accept as true or as certain to happen, without proof. These assumptions can grow over time, without your realizing they exist. They are a natural part of you. However, it is good to be aware that the influence your assumptions have on your managing can be significant.
Some examples of assumptions are: people are only out for themselves, you have to manipulate people in order to succeed, you cannot trust others on your team to come through, you have to keep things under control or if I do a good job, I will be rewarded.
Take a look at the individual perspectives, values and judgments you have formed over the years. Have they led to your making assumptions that directly affect the way you manage? What influence do your assumptions have on you today as you manage your team? It’s worth a look. The better you know yourself, the better your chances of success as a manager.
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