How to be a Great Manager when you are Shy!

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Are you a manager or supervisor with a shy personality Can shy leaders truly be effective? Shy leaders definitely face some challenges. If you are on the management career path but think your shy personality is limiting you, here are a few of tip to confront these challenges and guide to become a better leader.

Getting To Know Your Team: Set up individual one-on-ones with my direct reports. By setting up the meetings in advance, both my employees and you have the chance to prepare. Email out an agenda with set topics to talk about. Then, use a skill that come’s naturally to you… listening.

Having Tough Conversations: These kinds of conversations don’t come easily to most managers. supervisors, or leaders in general;  but for shy bosses, they can be absolutely unnerving.It helps to have a mentor or boss who can guide you through these conversations until you feel confident initiating them on your own.

Speaking Up With Authority: There will be times you need to confront an individual employee about a particular issue; but the rest of the time, you need to be a boss plain and simple. You have to lead meetings, assign projects, set goals, and encourage your team to meet those benchmarks. And for a timid personality, simply speaking to your team with boldness and authority can be a daunting task.

1. The first was simply getting comfortable with my team.
2. Preparation is key.

Dealing With All Of The Above: Yes, it will be painful at first. But if you want to be a leader, stick with it. Because the good news is, it gets easier. Once you know your team of employees and feel comfortable around them, you will find you feel more empowered to lead them. Tough conversations will get easier. You will be able to confidently coach and train your team, The path to some of the most rewarding things in life are painful and scary, but that makes it so much more fulfilling when you reach the point where you can look back and see how far you have progressed.

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