I've discovered that as a manager, my style is to empower through laziness. Okay, not really, but I do believe in giving people tasks and responsibilities that are little more difficult than they feel feel able to do. And then they do it! And they do it well! Usually. Last night I had to smooth over a "situation" in a flurry of soothing emails.
All ended well. Customer was happy, client was happy. I didn't throw my subordinate under the bus. They still don't know the client or customer was upset. I understand where they were coming from, and the action wasn't like their usual "way". Us co-workers gotta stick together. Even though I secretly agreed with the client that it wasn't handled well. We all have bad days. We all make mistakes. Do we ever.
But, in general, I trust my people to know what they're doing and use their best judgment. And over all, it works out.
I like management. I'm still finding my way in this company, and am easing into authority. People keep looking to me for guidance. I finally have enough knowledge about the workings of the company to give some. At first, I found it better to sit back and observe. And in many things, my staff has had to train me! Of course, I also train my boss on things. It's a good, co-creative environment.
I've been able to relax into the job a little more. (Not that I sit around. There's a lot to be done, and I'm very focused on my own duties and tasks most of the time.) I know that other things are coming in my life, and that makes it easier to really enjoy this job while I'm doing it.
I'm learning something every day. I enjoy growing in knowledge and experience. I'm looking forward to new experiences, but not anxious about how, what and when they'll arrive.
I'm in a good place.