Niek has managed various marketing and sales teams over the years. In that time, he’s faced a series of struggles and successes with leadership.
One struggle, in particular, was micromanagement
. Rigid workplace cultures will inevitably result in friction within a team. “It’s difficult to let go of tasks as a manager,” he admits. But resorting to micromanagement is also a reflection of one’s failure to “create a framework that allows you to trust your team,” he adds.
Eventually, Niek worked for a manager with an inspirational leadership style. “He created compelling visions and gave a lot of responsibility to his direct reports. He was very humble and good at sharing wins,” Niek recalled.
Unbeknown to him, Niek’s former manager was modeling values-based leadership
. He linked his actions with a desire to empower his team. When leaders create the systems and inputs to help people thrive, they enable teams to deliver. Niek refers to this process as creating good energy at work. Compelling company vision, healthy workplace culture, fair compensation—these elements all work together to energize people at work. Fewer reasons to feel drained or frustrated enable people to be productive.