Every week, we ask 5 questions to a different person. The questions remain the same but the people change. Some people are leaders, some are followers, but all have valuable input. This week we meet Matt Wheat.
Name: Matt Wheat
Position: Retail Store Manager
Place: Oxnard, CA
1. Think back to when you were extremely motivated by a boss, leader, or teammate. What did they say or do that motivated you so much and why did it work?
The leaders who have most influenced me have done so by building on a foundation of personal investment. Whether it was a challenge, recognition, coaching, or feedback, they engaged me on a personal level. Their emotional intelligence allowed them to select the right tonality and language that most resonated with me.
2. When have you been very unmotivated by a boss, leader, or teammate? Why did it create a feeling of un-motivation to do your job better?
I find micro-management intolerable. It is the absence of empowerment and trust.
3. What is one characteristic you look for in an effective leader?
The ability to connect with a diverse population while remaining transparently true to themselves.
4. When have you motivated another person to better themselves or to be more productive in their job?
It is my intention to motivate by creating an environment where the innate skills and strengths of an individual are allowed/encouraged to flourish on a daily basis.
5. What is one piece of advice you’d give towards aspiring leaders?
Bob Dylan said you gotta serve somebody. I would challenge any leader to keep asking who they are serving.