April 18, 2009

Keys to working with alpha personalities

Below, you’ll find a 10 minute interview with Ms. Gill Corkingdale.

On the question of what you can do to effectively manage your manager - assuming he is a person with an “alpha personality” - Ms. Corkindale mentioned, for example, this:
- Package things neatly.
- Give him what he wants.
- Don’t waste things to be courageous.
- Don’t challenge him.
- Engage with him.
- Recognize him for what he is.

On the question of what you, as a manager, can do to effectively lead a male with an “alpha personality”, Ms. Corkindale mentioned, for example, the following:
- Don’t squash the energy / the drive of the person. We need people with that drive.
- Make him aware that he is part of a group, i.e. it’s not just what he says that counts.

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