What Is Your Management Philosophy?

I was listening to an interview with a CEO and he was discussing the weight they put on the interviewing process. One of the questions he asked potential managers was what their management philosophy was. I had to think for a minute how I might answer that. It would be something like this:

  1. Treat management of your group like a democracy. Everyone gets to participate.
  2. Properly incentivize your teammates so that their efforts are focused on the correct goals.
  3. Encourage your teammates to take risks. Improvement can’t happen without risk. And understand that they will make mistakes and that you can’t come down too hard on them for it.

I would probably leave it at that. Nice and simple.

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