A company is only as good as its weakest link but good management is also paramount to a business’s success. Effective managers, however, aren’t necessarily born that way. It’s imperative to constantly hone one’s ability to lead, and below we’ve listed some of the best ways to be a great manager:
- Hire well. You can lead with the best of them but if you fill your team with people who aren’t fit for their positions, your company will never be able to achieve its goals. Review your interview process to make sure you are spending the time and resources in finding quality employees.
- Make sure you are aligned with your corporate vision. We’ve all seen (and likely laughed) at the infamous scene in Jerry Maguire after Tom Cruise’s character has released his “mission statement.” All comedy aside, if you don’t believe in what your corporation has set about to do, you won’t be successful.
- Delegate well. Even the word “micromanage” likely makes most of us cringe. In this day and age, it’s really not even a possibility, as companies have gotten quite lean out of necessity. There is no way your company will be successful if you, as a manager, feel you have to do everything yourself. You should also ensure your employees are in on the “what’s” and why’s” of each project, as they will be much more successful if they understand the ultimate goal you have in mind.
- Have more than just the clichéd open door policy. Make sure to initiate regular contact with your employees and, although it’s difficult, try not to cancel or reschedule those virtual or in-person meetings. People need to be heard and, as a manager, you need to see the big picture as well.
- Don’t ever bury your head in the sand. You might have a natural inclination to avoid conflict but, as a manager, this is no longer an option. You have to face troubles head-on and, if this is a problem for you, you need actively work on your conflict resolution skills with your Human Resources department, self-studies, and even practice.
- Be an altruist. It might sound strange but managers need the ability to think of others before thinking of them. You can’t be concerned with whether your employees will become so effective that they will ultimately leave or even take your job. Your only goal as a manager should be to help each person do the best job he or she can.
- Recognize hard work and the successes of your employees. If possible, do this monetarily through the use of bonuses but verbal and or written praise can certainly go a long way too!
- Become an eternal student of management. Take courses in effective communication, money management, time management, and more. We know this is easier said than done when it comes to finding the time but, trust us – it will pay off in the end.
- Take breaks! Some people take pride in being a workaholic but the bottom line is none of us is effective when running on fumes. Take breaks throughout the day, if possible, and use your vacation days so you can return to work refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of the corporate world.