7 Things to Do Today to Be a Better Manager
2020 will definitely need better management and (why not) stellar leaders.
And we are fully aware of how this topic is completely complex and controversial.
However, there are certain doable strategies that you can try to apply today in order to improve your managing actions. And reduce the number of problems at work as a result.
Listed below you have seven actual things you can do to become a better manager!
Pick one and do it today.
Pick another one for tomorrow, and in two weeks you will definitely be a better manager.
And most importantly, you will experience less stress over work and face challenges in a more intelligent way.
All you have to do is to be patient with yourself and try to become your best version by following these strategies.
So, let's see these improvements you sure can implement to manage your people more effectively:
1. Select the best staff members according to the organization goals
As a manager, you are only as good as the people on your team. So, give yourself a better chance to succeed in your everyday practices by picking the best people from the very start.
And if someone is not adding value to the project, just say goodbye asap.
Try to select the best team so you can totally trust in every person that you have in your work.
Trust is a whole issue when managing staff. And it's normal that certain individuals want to control everything and everybody.
And this is a particularly common trait among business people and top leaders.
However, that kind of behavior is not at all constructive to grow as a company nowadays.
Especially if yours is a disruptive model that doesn't have traditional bosses. Model that has been proving to be more successful than traditional business practices.
2. Embrace leadership skills for real
Human beings do things because they want to. Sometimes we want to because the consequences of not doing something are unpleasant for us. However, most of the time, we want to do things because of what we can get out of it.
Sometimes it is not different at work.
People do a great job for the pay, or the prestige, or the recognition. Some will do bad work because they want to take it easy and still get paid. They work really hard because they want to impress someone, like the boss or even a co-worker.
Or even themselves.
So, in order to motivate your people better, figure out what they truly want and how you can give that to them for doing what you want them to do.
True leadership skills require a self-driven leader who is able of waking up their people and simply this person wants to do things because they just like the project.
Even though it's not easy to make everybody like all the tasks they have to fulfill, every day, if you can transmit a sense of purpose and value, chances are people follow you naturally.
3. Build your team with motivation so you can manage people better
It is not enough that people are motivated to succeed at work. They have to work together as a team to accomplish the group's objectives. After all, if we just want them to all "do their own things" we don't need you as a manager to mold them into a team, do we?
So, every process needs to flow in the most efficient yet flexible way. This is a delicate balance to reach because sometimes people fear that if they give too much freedom to their people, they will rebel or not do their jobs properly.
But, if you change your approach little by little, by focusing on motivation and bigger picture instead of pushing people to do things they don't understand why they're doing so,
4. Quite micromanaging in the workplace now
You have built the best team from the best employee available. You motivated them to peak performance. So what's wrong?
Micromanaging is wrong at so many levels.
It annoys people, it's counterproductive, everybody loses time.
Tip: Organize yourself alone first. Then give clear instructions. Let people work in peace. And you will too!
5. Become a good communicator to get better opportunities
Communication may be the single most important skill of a manager. After all, all the others depend on it. 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.
Communication skills can be improved through practice.
So, maybe you need to improve your writing. Or your public speaking.
Why not taking a drama seminar?
You'll know what you'll have to do.
6. Try coaching to build trust in yourself and others
To stay in business, a company has to make money. That means bringing money in the door and spending less than you bring in.
Depending on your function in the organization, you may have more influence on one area or another, but you need to understand all of them.
You can help your company, your employees, and yourself by coaching other people and being a coachee yourself too.
Sometimes people get so in their minds that they lose the big picture or objectivity to solve problems. Coaching helps people to understand themselves better. And changes in behavior can be seen for the better too.
7. Improve yourself all the time (but have realistic expectations about progress too)
Don't focus so hard on your people that you forget about yourself. Identify the areas in which you are weak and improve them. The fact that you are reading this article shows you understand the concept.
You just need to put it into practice.
It's frequent that business people care so much about innovation that they get lost about which pattern to follow.
It's true that there are certain proven ways to improve yourself.
However, you also have to understand that you need your free time and that everything can´t be about work.
So, maybe you can ask yourself which activities are not so time-consuming but could give you a lot of rewards?
Both personally and financially.
In the times we're living it's totally possible to find the intersection between:
- What you're good at
- What is profitable
- What you're passionate about
If this resonates with you because you haven't found it yet, you should rethink your goals.
Because it's great to be willing to improve. However, we need:
- Accept that we won't do absolutely everything we want to do
Choosing and saying no is healthy.
Learn how to do it if you're not good at it. And at the end of the day, self-treatment will determine how other people treat you. And that includes co-workers or staff.
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