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How to Be a Good Manager

Incorporate these five habits into your leadership strategy to become a good manager.

  • A good manager sets a positive example and knows how to use their strengths to encourage their team to succeed.
  • Successful managers work alongside their employees, coach team members and create an inclusive work environment.
  • To be a good manager, it is important to communicate goals, expectations and feedback.

Anyone with experience or credentials can manage a team, but your managerial responsibilities include more than just task delegation and timecard approval. To be a good manager, you must focus on the growth of your team members as well as your company.

The best managers know how to strategically incorporate the strengths of each team member to build a successful organization. According to Deborah Sweeney, CEO of MyCorporation, good managers use emotional intelligence and soft skills to do this.

“Traditionally, we have been taught to believe that the person with the highest IQ in the room is the smartest,” Sweeney told Business News Daily. “However, science is increasingly proving that individuals with emotional intelligence and its four core skills – which include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management – are actually the top performers within any company.”

Those with a high emotional quotient (EQ) have the ability to engage with their team and develop strong relationships – both key factors to good management. If you want to be a good manager, incorporate these five habits into your daily leadership style.

1. Work with your team, not above them.

You might be used to having full control over your workload, but becoming a boss will force you to give up that control and delegate some responsibilities, said Ora Shtull, an executive coach credentialed by the International Coach Federation.

“If you don’t break the addiction to doing it all, you won’t have the capacity to step up and do more senior stuff,” she said. “Letting go involves delegating. But it’s important to note that delegating doesn’t mean deserting the team or sacrificing accountability.”

As a manager, you have a different set of responsibilities from your entry-level team members, but you should still get your hands dirty. Additionally, you should include your team in decision-making processes. According to a recent study, 74% of American workers surveyed said they prefer a collaborative working culture to one where the boss makes most of the decisions. 

Working with your employees builds better relationships, helping you learn about the strengths and weakness of each team member. Your employees will also trust you more if they feel you’re working with them rather than above them.

“By choosing to lead by example and demonstrating that [you] are an expert at what [you] are asking employees to do, it will often result in more respect and productivity,” said Sacha Ferrandi, founding partner of Source Capital Funding Inc. “It’s impossible to deny that the work ethic of a boss is contagious – if you work hard for them, they are more likely to return the favor and work hard for you.”

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