The Difficult Job Of Managing
Managers have a very difficult role to play, not in the least the fact that they have to lead a team of people who have their own personalities, priorities and traits. A manager needs to be creative, help people increase their efficiency and productivity and do all that in a harmonious way. The key to achieving that is the fact that great managers know the different personalities and understand the things that motivate these people to do well at work. Individuals have their own thinking style, their own way of processing information, communicating, and solving problems. They find different aspects of their work motivating. Most workplace conflicts start because of miscommunication and personality clashes. By recognizing the different personality types, a manager should be able to create a harmonious and productive working environment.
Understanding Poor Management
Most of us understand the importance and business impact of good management. Those who are at this level are the ones that other people turn to for guidance and to know which direction they need to move toward. We also know that getting management right can be very difficult. Although there is a lot of information out there on what makes a good leader or manager, and there are a lot of courses in existence on how to make things better, there seems to be a lack of information on what management should absolutely not look like, bar the absolute obvious. Let’s take a look at some of the signs of poor management to help you identify whether there are any areas where urgent improvement is needed.
Soft Skills Explained
Not everybody understands just what soft skills are, and even fewer people understand why they are so important. However, the reality is that these skills are at the very core of being a good leader. For some people, soft skills are about being in touch with a feminine side, or thinking more like women, which is generally accepted to be a more emotional and empathic way. However, it is about a lot more than that and should not be seen as some kind of gender-differentiation. Soft skills are about intuitiveness and loyalty as well. So what are some of the most essential soft skills all leaders and managers should possess?
Managers Need Specialized Skills to Succeed
It cannot be stressed enough that being a manager takes highly specialized skills. One of the main ones is to be a good listener. Unfortunately, too many people think that being a manager isn’t hard, and that they can simply do this because they are experienced workers. However, it really isn’t that easy. Indeed, some people are instinctively good managers, but the majority have to take the time to build up the experience they need and learn how to be good at management.
Good managers also learn from their staff, as they are the best judges of how well management actually performs. It is the staff who are able to say what managers should do in order to make them happy and, thereby, more productive as well. By engaging staff, leaders are able to learn the real dos and don’ts of management. Let’s take a look.
The Making Of Great Managers
What makes a manager great? Is it something that you are born with, or is it something you can learn? Organizational experts believe that, for a long time, we thought leadership was something that you were born with. As a result, people were often overlooked for managerial positions because they simply didn’t have what it takes.
However, these opinions have had to be reviewed, as companies started to become stagnant. The old ways of doing things simply aren’t working anymore. Indeed, it now seems that a lot of what is needed to be a really good manager is something that can be learned. Let’s take a look at some of the characteristics of a really good manager. Continue reading