Positive Working Relationships: Why They Matter & How to Develop Them

As a new manager, meeting your new team can give you the willies. You want to ensure that the meeting runs smoothly. You also want to establish your leadership. However, you want to do so without destroying the team's culture. You also want to make sure that you don't put down their achievements. Things can turn sour if you're too…

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How to Become a Trustworthy Manager

When you're a new team leader, it can be challenging to earn the trust of your team. This is because you have no history and people don't know if they can rely on you. However, if you begin the relationship correctly, you can build trust steadily. Even if you've stumbled out of the blocks, you can use the basics of…

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Helpful Tips and Advice for a Rookie Manager

Odds are that if you're reading this, you've recently landed a new role as a manager for the first time. If so, congrats! As a rookie manager, you'll likely come face-to-face with a number of unfamiliar challenges. Some of these challenges can include developing processes, setting goals for your team, and making sure your team is working to its full…

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The Team Management Playbook: Advice for First Time & Veteran Leaders

Whether you're preparing for your first team management role or you've been managing teams for years, there will always be opportunities to learn and develop existing skills. To be a great manager, you need to be comfortable adopting a wide range of personas. Over the course of an average day, you could be a mentor, a coach, a cheerleader, a…

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Theory X and Theory Y: Which is the Best Style of Leadership

Theory X and Theory Y are two distinctly different management styles. You can employ them in your management or leadership role and interactions with your team. Douglas McGregor developed the concept in his book, "The Human Side of Enterprise." McGregor proposed that Theory X and Theory Y divide the task of management into two unique styles. Just like your high…

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The Blake Mouton Managerial Grid

No one leadership style works best for all situations. However, it's helpful to understand your natural approach to leadership so that you can develop any missing skills. It's also unwise to neglect either tasks or people. However, a compromise between the two approaches will likely only yield an average team performance. This is because neither method meets people's needs, nor…

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