Managers come in all shapes and sizes. They come from all backgrounds and have varying levels of experience. Most of them have one thing in common. They want to be the best manager they can possibly be.
This is what made them ideal for this senior role. Managers naturally want to find ways of doing things better. So what are the secrets that make some people really good managers?
*Disclosure: This is a partnered post.
Some managers rule with their title, regardless of their ability to do the job. It might say ‘boss’ on your coffee cup, but that doesn’t make you any good at your role. Remember, managers are only as good as the team they look after.
If you’re always putting them down and silencing their suggestions, you’ll never find out just how good they can be. Nurture talent instead of feeling threatened by it. Listen to suggestions, and acknowledge their value, even if you can’t use them right now.
Anyone who is good at their job knows that they will never stop learning how to do it. If you only have one management style, then it’s time to head back to school and find out how other people do it.
What can you learn from alternative approaches? Where might they apply? If you haven’t got time to do your MBA right now, then have a look at an online University MBA program that offers you more flexibility from distant learning. The more you know, the more you can understand about the role you’re in.
Practice Different Approaches
Once you have learned more about management and its scope, don’t be afraid to try out some different approaches. Of course, it’s not a good idea to suddenly change your management style overnight without warning! But do let your team know that you would like to try some new ideas that might help make their working life a little easier.
Invite them to give feedback on how your approaches are improving productivity and efficiency. If you’re open with your team, they will be helpful and open with you. It’s not a sign of weakness to acknowledge you might have weaknesses!
Find Your Passion
Even managers run out of steam. Finding motivation to keep going in your job can be hard occasionally. Accept that there will be times when you’re not feeling the love for your work. To find your passion again, you might need to take a break before the work breaks you.
Have a vacation, start a new hobby, and take some time to relax. Talk to other managers. You might even spend time with one as they do their job. Find your inspiration!
Decide This Is Your Dream Job
Now that you’re feeling more positive about your work, it’s time to decide that this is your dream job. There might still be room to improve, and you might still have a rung or two on the ladder to explore. But right now, this is where you should be. Your love for the job might rub off on the rest of the team too.
It’s not always easy to be a good manager. You’re the one that has to make the tough calls, after all.
Are you ready to become even better?