Do You Have A Good Manager?
Being a manager is hard.
Having a good manager could be the deciding factor in how happy your team are. To have a successful organisation a good manager is vital…
Are you a good manager or a bad manager?
Management styles can vary depending on the person and the company. Leadership and management are 2 different ideas, but a good manager is often a good leader…leading by example is one of the most important factors of being a successful manager. Hiring someone that does not share the same values as the organisation can be dangerous territory and they are most likely to influence their team based on their views.
There are 3 key stages of management that a good manager would follow: Leadership, Mentorship and Ambassadorship. All 3 of these are vital in ensuring the team perform well thus, the organisation performs well.
Below are the main points a good manager should follow….
First and foremost, being able to motivate a team is ESSENTIAL! If your team have no motivation, they have no aim and no aim means meaningless work. There are so many ways to motivate your team and if you aren’t doing the following, begin to implement them in your management plan;
- Create an open work environment – allow your team to express their frustrations/things they are proud of…
- Hold regular meetings to establish everyone’s individual roles and create clear expectations
- Thank employees/give praise where it is due
- Involve employees in decisions
- Have a full team praise board
Including these in your team can be more beneficial than you realise, do you already do any of these? Think about how they can be improved…or even more so, as your team if there is anything, they can think of that would help to motivate them further.
As a good manager, you must be able to point out your employee’s potential! The best leaders can highlight any key strengths and use them to the company’s advantage.
If you spot a positive characteristic in one of your team members, use it! Give them a platform or a position to express or share it with the rest of the company. For example, if someone holds a trait you would like to use to influence the whole company…integrate this each week by asking them to carry out tasks/workshops in ways they think will benefit the company.
- Spread Positivity
You might not realise it, but the psyche of the employees can change the overall working environment. It’s proven that whatever attitude you walk in with, people will pick it up.
Having a manager conveying positivity, means your team will be positive even in the worst of situations – this is probably one of the most important characteristics to hold as a leader.
- Tough Conversations
Being a responsible manager means that sometimes you will stumble across issues or heated topics that need addressing. Ensuring these conversations are dealt with correctly are a big part of being a leader and requires good rapport and trust.
Whether it’s personal issues, work issues or even company performance problems, these conversations will always crop up. When dealing with problems that may arise; be nice, state the purpose of the meeting clearly, remain positive and come up with logical solutions.
- Plan Ahead
Making sure you lift your head to see the bigger picture when being a manager is another way to ensure your teams success. If you plan ahead, your team will always have something to work towards and aim for. It’s a skill that will distinguish you from everyone else in your team and can hugely increase the chance of results.
It’s never going to be all smooth – sailing as a manager, but following everything we have stated above is a very good start.
Remember…people do not leave jobs, they leave managers!
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