Q: I have been thinking hard about my managerial style, which is more of ‘order-giving’. I would like to be able to make people want to do their work out of a sense of ownership and responsibility and not because they are being pushed to it. I am only 40 years old and there is a lot ahead for me. Without making changes, I do not think I can go far. The problem is, I do not know where to start.  Please help me.

A: The fact that you realise the need for change is already half the battle won. The other half is about your commitment to a game plan that will remove your order-giving ways step by step.


  • What can you do as a new leader to help people achieve their visions and values rather than managing them on their tasks?
  • What can you do to expand people’s capacity to perform at a higher level rather than being a supervisor of their work behaviour?
  • What can you do to be more of a mentor to further improve your people’s professional development?
  • How can you influence them to do the right thing?

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