Are you the leader of a project team? Or do you hope to be someday? Here’s a tip for managing people. Love what you do. And show it.
If you are in leadership, you will not have success until you love your work so much it’s contagious. People need to see you digging into every aspect of it. And digging hard. They simply will not follow until they see the passion. Are you uncovering new ideas and methods? Finding improvements in managing projects? Making it look fun?
Think of things through your team member’s eyes. Do they see someone who can take their careers to the next level? Sure, you may be a good ol’ boy, but do they feel compelled to follow you? Fight for new business? Endure the pain for the pleasure of success? Not if they don’t see you doing those things.
The point I’m making is that managing teams, projects, and products is more about leading by example than begin one of the gang. Be a person they want to emulate.