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As a leader in your start-up, you need to take the time to identify your management style. Are you laid back or structured? Are you reactive or proactive? Do you encourage others to ask questions and challenge you?
While it’s easy to leave these questions off your To-Do List as your startup grows, knowing your management style will help you better recruit other employees who will work well in the environment you create. Working with people who understand and appreciate your management style will also increase your likelihood of business success.
Most importantly, understanding your leadership style is an important part of defining your company culture. A company’s culture and expectations are driven by the philosophy and style of the management team. Many candidates flock to Google specifically for its corporate culture and values.
The MaRS Entrepreneur’s Toolkit offers a number of useful resources for startup leaders, including tools to help management understand their strengths, preferences and style.
These tools can be helpful in laying the groundwork for building a company culture. Take the test—what kind of manager are you? To read the full article and browse through more entrepreneurship resources, see the MaRS Entrepreneur’s Toolkit.