There is an easy way to test this as a leader.

Put 5 -10 pennies in your right pocket. Each time during the day that you give out a compliment, remove a penny and put it on your desk.

Each time you give out a “correction or criticism” put a penny into your left pocket.

At the end of the day look at how many pennies are on your desk, in your right pocket (unused), or in your left pocket.

If you are giving out more criticism/correction, then you are most likely managing your team versus leading them. Why would I say that? When you are leading them you spend more time on creating guideposts for them to be successful and accomplish their goals. This means they are more strategic and working more independently of you. When you are managing them, you are looking to see if they complete things the way you would rather than did they accomplish the outcome they desire.

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