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Corner Office O.K., Newbies, Bring Out the Hula Hoops Published: June 11, 2010 This interview of Niki Leondakis , , was conducted, edited and condensed by Adam Bryant . Corner Office Q. Do you remember the first time you were a boss? A . I was in college at UMass , and I was promoted from a server to a shift-supervisor position at a restaurant called the Hungry U. Q. How did that go? A . I took that job pretty seriously. But I would say both in that job and in my first job out of school as an entry-level manager, I experienced what a lot of people experience, which is being too friendly with the people you manage and learning the appropriate boundaries and distances around certain things. Q . And some people go too far the other way, and start bossing people around. A . I think people fall into one of two camps. I think very few people become a supervisor or a boss for the first time and know exactly where the right balance is. Both with myself and all the young managers I see, people seem to swing to one end of the pendulum or the other — overzealous with power or, “I’m everybody’s friend, and I want them to like me, and if they like me maybe they’ll do what I ask and then it’ll be easier.” Q . So how did that play out for you? A . It was frankly just a long road of mistakes and learning and watching and trials and tribulations, really, about managing people, counseling people, hiring people, letting people go and learning through the actual process of doing all those things over and over again that there’s a middle ground that makes sense. Q. Did the pendulum swing back and forth for you? A. When I started advancing in my career, I swung the pendulum the other way. I was at a point where most of my peers were men and they tended to act and behave differently than I did and
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came across as tough-minded and more rigid, a little more authoritarian. I felt like, to be successful, I needed to do that, too, so I was acting a lot like what I thought successful leadership looked like. That was in the early ’80s. For women in general at that time, we all thought that to be successful or to be considered equal, you tried to really dress like men, act like men and ensure people knew you were tough-minded and could make the tough calls and be decisive. So I was holding back on some of my leadership strengths — collaboration, inclusion and building and creating teams. I was trying to be somebody I wasn’t, until one day I had to do something disciplinary to someone I really liked and admired. Human resources got involved and they wanted me to let this person go. I said, “That’s not fair.”
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