7 Golden Top Tips to Being A Good Manager
Research has found that 70% of people in management roles are not well prepared for the job. Most companies understand the importance of having highly effective managers, but few invest heavily in training to help them get there. Managing is a skill that can be learned. Every day pick one new skill that will help you to improve yourself and work on it. You’ll be a better manager before you know it, and others will notice too. Here are some key tips for you to become an effective and productive manager.
1. Understand your role, responsibility & limitations
- To be a good manager it can be hard work but understanding the role and respecting the responsibility, puts you in a great position to grow your own career and to help your employees enhance theirs.
- As a manager your primary concern must be the group itself. You are the coach, evaluator, and mentor for your team. Make time to focus on each of the areas regularly.
- Know the limitations for you, your members and your company that will save you from any indiscipline.
2. Be a good planner
- As a manager, you are responsible to achieve the company target. So, plan ahead with SMART decision according to the company strategy and vision.
- Think carefully about the consequences, resources and budgets of each plan. You can help your company, employees, and yourself by understanding the whole process. So, take the time to consider your actions, reactions, and your next steps.
- Ensure you don’t over-promise on deadlines that your team can’t realistically meet.
3. Build your team
- As a manager, you are only as good as the people on your team. Most of the time, you don’t get to choose who works for you. They may not meet your standards or desires for your team, but they were hired for a reason. Start working with what you have. Work with individuals to identify areas that need improvement. Once you have identified the areas that individuals need to focus on, develop goals for them to strive for while working.
- Understand the value of your employees and treat them with respect.
- Focus on long-term success. It is not enough that each person is motivated to succeed. They need to work together as a team to accomplish the group’s objective. Develop your team-building skills, and then approach every day as a day the team wins or loses together.
4. Be a communicator & motivator
- Communication may be the single most important skill of a manager. You can’t be a leader if you can’t communicate your vision. You can’t motivate people if they can’t understand what you want.
- Give clarity about company vision, set goals, be specific and provide relevant training.
- Give accurate, clear and constructive direction.
- Give prompt, direct, useful feedback. A person’s strengths aren’t always on display. Sometimes they require precise triggering to turn them on. Squeeze the right trigger. Try to realise that each employee plays to a slightly different audience. You must be able to match the employee to the audience they value most. Trigger good performance. Remember the most powerful trigger by far is recognition, not money.
- Maintain internal networks across the company.
5. Be fair & build a positive relationship
- Practice ethical management by keeping fairness in mind.
- Trust your staff and be attentive.
- Arrange a one to one if there is any negative feedback.
- Praising your staff and ensuring even allocation of work.
- Create a positive work environment by building team spirit, making the working time fun and most importantly as a manager lead by example.
6. Be a Leader
- According to Joseph Rost, Leadership for the 21st Century, ‘’Leadership is a dynamic relationship based on mutual influence and common purpose between leaders and collaborators in which both are moved to higher levels of motivation and moral development as they affect real, intended change.’’
- So be positive, passionate, honest and keep trust on your team members.
- Persuade direction with confidence, credibly and emphasise the benefits
- Offer support that helps them develop new skills and elevates their performance. It may take more time, but it will help you to get more engaged with your team that will build good relationship and create successful employee — which is a great reflection on you as a manager.
- Sometimes you may need to take difficult decisions that won’t always be popular, however it’s your responsibility to decide what’s best – you can show good leadership here by explaining the reasoning behind any controversial choices and let your team know that you did hear them and considered their opinions.
- Being professional doesn’t mean you need to be a robot. You will be spending a large portion of each day interacting with the people on your team. Get to know a bit about their lives outside of work. If someone takes time off to care for a family member, ask him how things are going when he returns to the office. The personal connection will make this relationship stronger.
- Finally try to be an authentic, transformative leader with highest integrity who have a deep sense of purpose and true to core values. Show the courage to build your company to meet the needs of all stakeholders.
7. Continue improve yourself & Stay updated
- Don’t focus so hard on your employees that you forget about developing yourself.
- Identify the areas in which you need to work and improve them.
- Ask for guidance from more experienced colleagues or mentors that will boost your confidence and help you to learn new skills.
- Ask for feedback to find out what you can do to make a difference.
Author: Dr Mohammad Monowar Hossen
Dr Monowar Hossen, MBA, MHE is a Business Growth Manager (BGM) for the Building Legacies programme that specialises in – start-up-business, strategic business planning, policy setup, business & cost analysis, networking and stress Management in the workplace.
Monowar provides the following areas of support to his Building Legacies clients: business planning & policies implementation, cash flow, sales forecasting, growth mapping, business analysis and advising clients on how to maintain a healthy business lifestyle.