Are You A Pacesetting Manager?
ALL managers need to regularly review their style of delivery and your methods of getting things done so that we can judge clinically and accurately if we are achieving our goals and objectives.
A new breed of manager has emerged called the Pacesetter – someone who has an approach where they do a lot of tasks themselves which then sets a standard for all to follow. This approach creates a culture of “excellence” in the team and sets exemplar standards of behaviour, approach and delivery. There is also a strong trend here for Pacesetter managers to dive into a problem where one of their team is underperforming or has fallen behind schedule in completing their tasks.
The Pacesetter Manager works very well in an environment where staff are competent, highly motivated and can be given the required freedom they need to accomplish tasks and reach targets.
Whilst this is a positive the negative aspect of the Pacesetter Manager means that staff development and training tend to be ignored with an over-emphasis upon the manager themselves. There is also the risk that the passion and drive for success from the Pacesetter Manager can overwhelm the less experienced members of the team who cannot, at that particular point, meet such demands. This is made worse if the Pacesetter has underdeveloped or just plain poor communication skills and strategies and cannot effectively explain what their concept of “excellence” looks like!
If you feel that the Pacesetter Management label applies to you then ensure that you maintain your passion for the task BUT consider carefully how this is perceived by the team.
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