Managing for People Who Hate Managing

Published: Mar 22, 2019
Modified: Aug 20, 2021

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Congratulations on Your Promotion!

But there's a catch: instead of spending the majority of your time doing the job you love—a job you're still expected to get done, by the way—you're now also a manager.

You weren't trained for this. Nobody prepared you for having to deal with emotions and conflicts and personalities, all while trying to meet ever-greater goals and more pressing deadlines.

Not exactly what you had in mind … is it?

Drawing on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, Devora Zack explains that personality-wise and management-wise, we're either thinkers or feelers. Basically, thinkers lead with their heads and feelers lead with their hearts. Almost nobody's 100% thinker or feeler, yet most of us lean one way or the other.

Working with—rather than fighting against—your strengths is key to understanding not only how you make decisions and manage but also how people react to your decisions and respond to you.

Join us as we explore how this way of seeing yourself and others makes managing less of a stumble in the dark and more of a walk in the park.

  • How to find your best management style
  • How to adapt to your employees’ personalities
  • Why making employees feel good isn’t in their best interest
  • The importance of treating others how THEY want to be treated


zack_devora Devora Zack is a Washington Post best-selling author, global keynote speaker and leadership consultant. She is the author of Singletasking, Networking for People Who Hate Networking and Managing for People Who Hate Managing. Awards include Top 10 Business Books of 2015, Top 5 Business Books of 2016 and Top 10 Non-Fiction by the Washington Post. She is CEO of Only Connect Consulting, Inc. (OCC), providing leadership programs to 100 clients. Ms. Zack holds an MBA from Cornell, a BA from University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude), certifications in MBTI and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and memberships in Phi Beta Kappa and Mensa. OCC won USDA’s Woman-Owned Business of the Year. She has been featured in dozens of media outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ABC- TV, CNN Money, CNBC, Fox Business, Forbes, Women’s Health, Working Mother and Fast Company.

*Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® is a registered trademark of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Trust in the U.S. and other countries.