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How to avoid “Manager Gameface!” and become an authentic leader

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September 21, 2018

How to avoid “Manager Gameface!” and become an authentic leader

Katie Womersley



September 21, 2018


  1. How to avoid “Manager Gameface!” and become an authentic leader

    Katie Womersley Director of Engineering, Buffer
  2. The Paradox of Authenticity Just Be Yourself! Don’t put on

    a mask. 
 Be professional, and inspire confidence. @katie_womers
  3. Solution? Full-on Gameface “I have no idea what I’m doing…

    And THEY KNOW.” @katie_womers
  4. Stumbling upon ‘human moments' “Manager Gameface!” was not super helpful

    when two humans are trying to figure each other out @katie_womers
  5. Demystifying the middle way The less that is implied or

    mysterious about you, the safer others will feel working with you, relying on you, and being open with you about themselves. @katie_womers
  6. Getting Clarity What are you here for? Write your job

    description What do you stand for? Share your Manager Readme What is your leadership colour? Lead from your strengths @katie_womers
  7. What is your job? @katie_womers

  8. Manager ReadMe Leadership philosophy What you value and optimize for

    What should people know about you e.g. Answers to first 1-1 Questions Expectations What you expect of you direct reports & what they can expect from you
  9. Fortune 500 CEOs Are predominantly white men who are 2.

    5 inches taller than average Stereotypes & Authenticity Marginalized Groups Already know what is safe to experiment with @katie_womers
  10. What Authenticity Means Your actions are in accordance with your

    values. What you do as a leader connects to who you are as a person, and to what this situation is calling for. 
 You present aspects of yourself selectively. @katie_womers
  11. Leadership Colours @katie_womers

  12. @katie_womers Identify Your Default Most of your leadership is in

    this zone. Learn what Green, or Yellow, looks like on you. Practice the next closest colour different situations call for different styles.
  13. You’re Not Alone @katie_womers

  14. Resources See lots of other manager readmes, and get feedback

    on your own - How and why I wrote my readme manager-readme-plus-heres-mine-8a4fe188ee1b Lara Hogan on Leadership Colours The Paradox of Authenticity 1 2 3 4 @katie_womers
  15. @katie_womers Questions ?