Lauren said she learned to lead by example, not only in her actions as senior director of data management at Compeat but in her attitude. Harden said team members embody the perspectives of their leaders, so it’s important that managers lead with positivity.
What’s one important lesson you’ve learned as a people manager?
It’s very natural for team members to mimic their leaders; it’s the traditional way for people to learn. As a manager, I learned firsthand that my outlook and interactions — whether positive or negative — transfer to my teams. Managers who are consistently positive, hopeful and determined throughout their own highs and lows build stable, high-output teams of future leaders who possess those same qualities.
“If you want people to view you as a leader and have confidence in your abilities, things start with you.”
What advice do you have for other women who manage teams, or aspire to?
My best advice for other women managing teams is to be confident in your unique abilities, deliver on your commitments, be your authentic self in all your interactions and be an assertive communicator with your leaders. If you want people to view you as a leader and have confidence in your abilities, things start with you. Don’t doubt yourself and your capabilities and others won’t either. People want to be able to relate to you, so be yourself. Ask questions, share your ideas and get involved. These practices bring visibility and mentorship, which will go a long way toward accelerating your career.
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