Working in a management role presents unique challenges. I’ve learnt that the hard way in my first entrepreneurial effort.
I thought I had it – what could possibly go wrong, it wasn’t like I didn’t know how to perform the tasks or couldn’t grasp the whole picture.
I had the funds to hire, I needed help, and tasks were not hard to pull off. Easy-peasy, no brainer!
Little did I know… when you want to be both entrepreneur and manager, you take up so much more. You think you’re outsourcing but you also gain so much more responsabilities.
Not only are you responsible for staying on top of your own duties but you also have to make sure that the people working under you also meet certain performance requirements.
As a manager, your task is to make sure that your team is achieving everything that they need to accomplish and that they are motivated to do even more.
Although this may sound easy on paper, it is much more difficult to achieve in real life. Not all employees respond well to directions from managers, which can make the situation quite challenging.
Becoming an excellent manager is all about earning the respect of your team while at the same time making sure that they stay on track and get things done.
Try using these suggestions to improve your management skills:
1. Communicate clearly
Employees tend to work harder when they are informed about all of the details of a project. By communicating important details such as the objectives of the project or the date by which it needs to be completed, you can help keep your team motivated to get things done.
At the same time, you also need to make sure that the employees you manage are comfortable enough talking to you that they can provide you with feedback on the project and that they can talk to you about any questions or concerns that they have.
2. Focus on relationship building
Building both personal and professional relationships with the employees that you manage can help you earn their respect. Remember to treat each individual like you would want to be treated. Learn a little bit more about their hobbies, interests, family, or other details of their life. When employees realize that you really care about them, they will be far more likely to accept your management decisions.
3. Provide positive feedback
One of the biggest mistakes that managers make is only criticizing their employees – never providing positive feedback. This can leave employees feeling demoralized and unmotivated. Any time an employee does something good, be sure to praise them.
This type of positive reinforcement can make them feel great about themselves and can leave them feeling motivated to do even more in the future.
4. Acknowledge your own limitations
The people that you manage don’t expect you to be able to do everything on your own and they don’t expect you to be perfect. Being able to acknowledge your own faults and limitations can help the employees working under you see you for the person that you really are.
When they realize that you, too, are only human, they will be much more comfortable interacting with you and providing assistance as needed.
5. Make decisions
One of the most important parts of being a manager is making decisions. Avoid taking a wishy-washy approach when deciding which path to take. Instead, analyze your options and commit to a course of action with confidence.
6. Assign tasks to the employees who are the most qualified
Every employee has strengths and weaknesses. Once you understand where an employee’s strengths lie, you should assign them tasks that play to those strengths.
By choosing which tasks to assign to which employees based on their natural abilities, you can make sure that everyone is performing at their best. You can also create a team that is extremely productive and effective.
7. Deal with conflict head-on
Never ignore the conflict between individual employees or between yourself and an employee. Anytime there is a disagreement or friction, you should address it head-on.
The only way to eliminate the problem is by talking about it openly. If you try to bury the problem, it will only continue to fester until it erodes the productivity of your team.
8. Lead by example
As a manager, the people on your team look up to you. You need to work hard and always perform at your best if you expect them to do the same. Think of yourself as a role model. The harder you work, the harder the employees that you manage are likely to work as well. Always make yourself a shining example of what you want your team members to be.
If you’re interested in this area, then this blog from nPower could interest you.