William Arthur Ward said:

The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.

If we swap the word “manager” for “teacher”, what kind of manager would you be?

You’re a mediocre manager if you simply tell your staff what and when to do something.

You’re a good manager if you explain how something needs to be done but explanations actually stifle creativity.

And you’re a superior manager if you walk your talk in all your attitudes and actions.

However, you’re a great manager if you inspire others. Great managers open the floodgates of confidence, motivation and innovation for their teams by encouraging and coaching.

Action – I’m sure someone you know stands out as a great manager. How can you model their behavior and mindset?