Process Leader Scorecard
“Better safe than sorry.”Your Personal Mantra
How you manage others
People know what to expect when they’re around you, which, rather than making you seem rigid or boring, actually puts your employees at ease. You have a place for everything, and you appreciate everything being in its place. You take a disciplined approach to managing your team. As long as people do what they say they’re going to do by the time they told you they were going to do it, all is right in the world. You don’t have the patience for people who like to shake things up just to see what happens; that kind of chaos is your kryptonite. Your primary concern is to make sure everything is in order and that everyone follows the rules. In your world, structure and order create success.
How you prefer to be managed
You want to know what to expect, and what’s expected of you. As such, you prefer a boss who lays out exactly what they need you to do and why at the beginning of any project. You don’t mind being micromanaged, because at least there’s continual feedback. Any indecision or ambiguity on your supervisor’s part is likely to give you fits.
How you can be more effective with leaders of other types
- Results: Results-oriented leaders always have their eyes on the destination, not necessarily the path. Although your attention to detail is key to timely arrival at the destination, to Results leaders, it seems like you’re getting in the way. Make sure you don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees. Results leaders also tend to shoot from the hip and ask questions later, so be prepared to make decisions or push for results more quickly and with less information than usual.
- Thought: Nothing is going to stress you out like laying out a Gantt chart and project timeline only to have a Thought-oriented leader come in and move the target. And from their perspective, your unwillingness to accept new ideas once a project is underway can seem overly rigid. To avoid any unpleasantness, take time at the outset of a project to make sure all of their ideas have been captured and incorporated into the plan.
Relationships with your employees
You expect a lot from your employees, and tend to reward team members who follow through on commitments without creating problems. When someone drops the ball on an assignment, even if it doesn’t really matter, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to hide your displeasure. As a result, your team will produce consistently good results. However, routine predictability can make you gun-shy when it comes to taking risks, so projects that require innovative solutions will require you to step out of your comfort zone and work well with cowboys and visionaries.
Relationship with your boss
Your boss probably sees you as dependable, someone they can rely on to hit deadlines and produce consistently good—if never quite groundbreaking—work. They love that they never have to worry about you bending the rules or rocking the boat.