Maslow’s hammer metaphor. “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” is a critical concept for leaders .  Be sure to have a many tools in your leader tool kit and slow down enough at work so you can take a step back and ask the question, “What’s needed here?” before you react.

Here’s a quote from an article in Harvard Business Review that sums it up.hammer_PNG3890

Managers who consistently accomplish a lot are notably inconsistent in their manner of attacking problems and approaching situations. They continually change their focus, priorities, behavior patterns and their own leadership styles based on with whom they interact. (Harvard Business Review 2008)