As a Manager you spend the majority of time judging other people and looking for the things they are not very good at, so you can ‘coach’ them to make them ‘better’. The tendency being that you only focus on the bad.
As I may have mentioned before, I am quite self-deprecating; I realise I’m awful lots of things, have the emotional intelligence of a pea and have no intention of changing who I am. Quite frankly this approach has served me pretty well to date.
However, as a by-product I’ve surrounded myself with people who have the skills I lack and I’ve realised you need to appreciate people for what they are good at.
‘So What’ if somebody can’t do everything perfectly or has weird personality traits, ‘So What’ if they don’t tick your assessment boxes for how they manage certain situations or don’t want to go on the next boring course that has been deemed essential – can they do the thing you pay them to do? If the answer is yes, then why worry about everything else.
• Focus on your people for the things they are good at
• Don’t change yourself to try and please everyone
• Be yourself and surround yourself with people who appreciate you and who you appreciate