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How can I be a Better Manager?

How can I be a better manager?

How can I be a better manager?

Definition: What is a manager?

A manager is a member of a team or organisation, who is responsible for organising people and resources to achieve a set of predetermined goals, in the most efficient manner possible.

Here are seven proven ways to develop your management skills.

  1. Keep your goals always at the fore-front of your mind.
  2. Prepare detailed, logical written plans that show how you can effectively achieve your goals.
  3. Clearly communicate your goals and plans to everyone who needs to know.
  4. Delegate the right tasks to the right people.
  5. Motivate people to feel optimistic about the future.
  6. Handle conflict and "performance issues" in a professional, (not an emotional) manner.
  7. Act as a role model for the standards of behaviour that you would like to see in others.

Let us look a little closer at each management skill:

1. Keep your goals always at the fore-front of your mind.

Since your purpose is to help the team achieve its goals, it is vital that you keep the goals always at the forefront of your mind.

If a manager lacks "goal focus", then they revert to simply responding to chance events and they lose all sense of direction and purpose.

Always keep in your goals firmly in mind.

2. Prepare detailed logical plans that will best achieve the goals.

Goals are aspirations. They are a description of WHAT want. The next step is to write plans describing HOW you can achieve the goals. Planning implies prioritisation, preparation, prevention, organisation and delegation.

Prioritisation and planning are vital skills for you to master. You can learn to easily plan and prioritise by using our free prioritisation app WhatsNext?

3. Clearly communicate the goals and the plans to everyone who needs to know.

Since the goals and the plans need to be implemented by other people, it is important that you clearly communicate the goal and the plan to everyone who needs to know.

Failure to properly communicate the plan will cause failure.

Keep the lines of communication open and keep talking to people about the goal and the implementation of the plan.

4. Delegate the right tasks to the right people.

Delegation is the art of entrusting a task to another. You need to delegate the right task, to the right person, at the right time and in the right way.

You can do that by using our free SMART target tool, available on our website.

5. Motivate people to feel optimistic about the future.

Some managers inspire others to feel good. Sadly, other managers don't!

If you want to be a good manager, then purposefully use your words to inspire positive emotions in the hearts of others.

6. Handle conflict and "performance issues" in a professional, (not an emotional) manner.

Sometimes, people don't do what they are supposed to. Then the manager needs to step-in and manage the poor performance, or conflict situation.

A manager needs to be skilled in the way they manage these delicate situations. The manager should propose practical corrective actions and negotiate a solution, using only objective, factual language.

Managers should avoid the use of emotive, derogatory or angry language, which would make an already bad situation, worse.

If you want to know more on handling conflict, you may be interested in attending our Conflict Management training course.

7. Act as a role model for the standards of behaviour that you would like to see in others.

The good manager acts as a role-model. They exemplify the sort of attitude, communication-styles and work methods that they would like to see repeated in other members of the team.

If you want to be a good manager, then develop these seven management skills to the maximum.

Our two-day Leadership and Management course covers how to master all the above skills.

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