If you work at a high-growth company, you’re likely experiencing lots of change on a daily basis.
Change can be unsettling, so having a skilled manager to guide your team through the process is critical.
A great manager is someone who recognizes an individual’s goals and potential and inspires them to think differently. That is, a great manager is truly a great teacher.
One the greatest teachers in recent history is a man named Krishnamacharya, also known as “the father of modern yoga.”
Here are three aspects of a great manager found in Krishnamacharya's "The Three Qualifications of a Great Teacher":
1) Connect with your teachers. Knowledge has always been passed from person to person. Reading books and articles are helpful, but a great teacher never stops learning directly from another person. Great managers maintain close relationships with mentors and constantly seek guidance to deepen their knowledge base. They also understand that sharing this wisdom with their teams reinforces the learning experience and inspires people to do their best work.
2) Be Consistent. The best way to teach is to consistently set strong examples. Ask your team members to do what you do every day and you’ll win their respect and admiration. Be transparent about your personal daily practice — the routines, methods, and actions that bring you closer to your goals — and people will respond to this authenticity.
3) Like People. Start by asking yourself this question: “Do I like working with people?” Many people accept a manager role because it is the next rung in the career ladder. While many people enjoy mentoring others, some people are happier serving their company as independent contributors. Understand which kind of person you are and pursue goals related to that track. You’ll be much happier, and more fulfilled, in your career.