Inspirational Infusion

#88 — July 1, 2016

Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought.

— Octavia E. Butler

Greetings, Inspired Travelers!

When was the last time you hired a new manager for your team? When was the last time you spent some time in reflection evaluating the skills of your management team and honestly determining their value? Are they the right skills and is your team working at their real level? Hmmm…

Recently I had a conversation with a coaching client who described one of her managers as “reliable, willing to work hard, and able to move programs forward.” While these are admirable skills, in all honesty they do not describe a good manager. They are too small, and, in that smallness, the manager is playing too small. And that serves no one.

And so, here are some thoughts to consider as you think about expanding your team or taking your current team and training them up.

The Profile of Your Manager:


Possesses skills that are in alignment with the needs of your department.


Is very self-directed.


Works collaboratively with excellent inter-personal skills.


Is results and purpose driven.


Leads through influence not dominance.


Flexes when it benefits the greater whole.


Possesses excellent problem solving skills.


Creatively innovates constantly and is not satisfied with the status quo.

Now, the challenge for you, as the leader, is to prepare for the interview or the review. You need to do your part in determining whether your applicant or your team members fit the profile. Ask the right questions. Challenge text book responses. Seek real life experiences.

Use your intellect. Listen to your heart. Don’t settle. Because, great leaders never do!!

Be Magnificent! Have an Inspirational Day!


Deborah Darlington provides executive and mid-level coaching for leaders that identify areas of growth, provide tools for development, and unleash the potential for greatness. Give her a call at 215 260 1611 or email her at and get started!