So… What Makes a Really GOOD Manager?
This article is a guest post by
Clare, content writer
Management is the backbone to a successful business.
Without their guidance, many companies would underperform on a regular basis.
A hardworking manager can drive their workforce forward, even when the going gets tough.
A great backbone will in turn attract great staff.
A driven and proactive workforce is the secret to running a successful business.
But what is it that makes a good manager?
What are the skills and prerequisites to becoming a great leader?
Here we look at what it is that sets a mediocre manager apart from a magnificent one:
Relationships with Staff
A great manager is more than a senior member of staff; they are an integrated member of the team.
By building a great relationship with your workforce, and being more than just ‘the boss’, you’ll always get the very best out of your team.
By having open communication channels, you and your team can actively work together to solve problems and complete projects.
When your staff trusts you, they will work hard for you.
And when they work hard, they drive results.
Good managers know how to keep their staff engaged, even when things might look bleak.
Definitive Management Style
A great manager is one that has a structured and clear management style.
With everyone knowing…
- how the business works
- what to expect, and
- what is expected of them
then your business can run efficiently and effectively.
If you’re new to the role or company, don’t try and copy what was done before.
Each manager needs to find what works for them, and adapt it to their company and their staff.
Good managers can adapt their signature style to any situation.
By developing your own style, you can effectively manage a team.
Invest in Both People and Projects
Running a company is about more than your sales figures.
As well as investing time and effort into specific projects, you need to invest in your colleagues.
What are people’s skills, aspirations, and weaknesses?
If people are looking to progress through the company, it’s up to you to guide them on this journey.
This follows on from building relationships with your workforce.
When you fully understand the people you’re working with, you can complete tasks in the best possible way.
Great managers know how to get the best out of their staff, to get the best out of their projects.
Part of investing in your staff is giving constructive feedback.
A good manager will help their staff leverage their strengths and skills to get the best out of themselves, every time.
When you can help colleagues help themselves, you will have a much more positive outcome.
When your staff is struggling in any department, it is your task as manager to provide the feedback to help them grow.
As a manager you need to be able to help your colleagues and ultimately the company move forwards.
Where do you want the business to go?
What are the long and short term goals for individual projects and the proverbial ‘bigger picture’?
The secret to managerial success is knowing where you want your business to go.
With clear visions and a plan for progression, you can help drive the company forward.
Be sure to share these aspirations with your staff!
When your staff knows what they’re working towards, they can share their own ideas for growth and development.
Becoming a good manager doesn’t happen overnight.
Becoming a good manager is something that requires an investment of a great deal of time and effort.
But by growing into a good manager, you can help turn your company into something great.
You can help boost your business with the help of an interim manager, and find the perfect staff to boost your business.
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