7 Steps To Becoming an Awesome Manager
Great managers are great leaders, but it’s easy to fall into the trap of being a bad one. As a leader, it’s your job to inspire and motivate those that report into you, help your team to improve and grow, encouraging innovation and contribute to the overall success of the company. Here are 7 things you need to do to become an awesome manager.
1) Keep it Simple
No one needs you to show off your impressive knowledge of technical skills or jargon. In fact it just wastes time. Keep it simple and communicate effectively. This lessens the chance of miscommunication and it makes sure that everyone is on the same page. Plus no one wants to feel like they’re being spoken down to, so keep communication easy and concise.
2) Be Accessible
You want your team to feel like they can approach you with anything. This stops smaller issues from escalating into larger ones because you weren’t informed until the last minute. Take the time to get out and meet with your team. Don’t stay holed up in your office all day, get out and chat to your team and find out how they’re getting on. Having an open relationship makes communication and completing projects successfully, a lot easier.
It’s essential that you always expand on your existing knowledge and skills, as well as picking up new ones. Taking the time to learn new ways of doing things and understanding the best ways to lead and motivate your staff, is only going to lead to better results and higher productivity. You should allocate some time every day, where you focus on taking in new information.
4) Be Open To Criticism and Others Ideas
You have to be open to hearing where you can improve, or if other people have a better idea of how to get something done. Take everything on board and don’t react badly to criticism, you may not want to hear it but it still gives you an opportunity to learn and grow. The same goes for letting others use their initiative, it may go against a process you have in place but everything can be improved upon and you don’t want to miss out on that.
5) Accept Responsibility
Even if something isn’t your fault, you assume responsibility for a teams mistake. This shows strong leadership and gives you the opportunity to work with your team to see where it went wrong and come up with a way of avoiding that in the future. Nothing shows bad leadership like putting blame squarely on the shoulders of your team.
6) Instruct, Don’t Demand
No one like a boss that orders everyone around. Instruct your team as to what you want them to do. You’ll find much more success communicating this way and your team will feel much more obliged to get the task done.
7) Keep Your Team in the Loop
Your work shouldn’t be top secret. Everyones working towards the same goal so make sure everyone’s fully briefed and knows exactly what you’re trying to achieve. This gets your team to ‘Buy In’ and makes everyone feel invested to the success of the project and the company.