Twenty years ago, I interviewed a prospective manager to be part of my leadership team and he asked the very pointed question, “What’s your Management Style?” I was speechless. I didn’t know there was such a thing. After that experience, I realized I had a Management Style and I spent several years developing it more formally.
What is a Management Style? A Management Style is an overall method of leadership used by a manager. We have worked for many managers and we probably have picked up a few of their skills along the way.
Some Management Style include Autocratic, Persuasive, Democratic, Management by Walking Around (MBWA), Inspirational, Authoritative, Collaborative, Results-Based, Strategic and many more.
With Management Style, there is no one-size-fits-all, but it is important to adopt a style that suits you and gets the most out of your staff. You can have the best team in the world, but if your management style is poor, it will impact performance.
I’m going to share with you my Management Style. I don’t have a name for my Management Style, but I know its principles and can give you some of the details. So here goes…
Principles of my Management Style:
Here’s the details that I used to employ this Management Style:
This is how I have evolved as a Manager over the past 30 years. I haven’t adjusted much because I know it gets the results for what I want, and it matches my personality and personal preferences. With good goals, monthly reports and quarterly meetings, I don’t have to be a micromanager. I can use my people skills and passion of Supply Chain to coach and mentor more.