Here are a few management tips to consider and take on board if you’re looking to improve your effectiveness as a manager (and your likability as a manager too!)
1. Surround themselves with the smartest and the best. They know their own strengths and weaknesses and, more importantly, are honest with themselves about their shortcomings. They make up for this by surrounding themselves with people who have expertise in the areas where they may be lacking themselves.
2. Manage people, not numbers. The best managers know that when they manage their people well, and coach them effectively where they need to be coached, then the numbers will follow naturally.
3. Don’t micromanage. They know they can trust their employees to do their jobs well, and do not feel the need to control the behaviours and exact working hours of their employees. They know that when they treat their employees like adults, then their employees will behave like the independent adults they are, and also appreciate the freedom their manager gives them.
4. Know how to delegate effectively. They accept that they cannot do everything themselves, and they also know that delegating work to the people they know will do the job at hand fosters an atmosphere and culture of trust and responsibility.
5. Are specific about expectations. They lay out expectations and goals clearly, and speak their minds. They are aware that employees cannot tell what they’re thinking, and also know that their team will perform better when they are clear about exactly what they need to do, rather than having to ask guess all the time.
6. Know how to make decisions quickly. This goes hand in hand with surrounding themselves with the right people. Doing this helps them to make the most well-informed decisions possible, as they have access to many opinions and the expertise of others. But it also must be noted that even if the manager arrives at a decision with the help of others, they will take full responsibility if it turns out to be a poor decision.
7. Give credit where it’s due. They openly acknowledge the successes and hard work of their employees and do not take all the glory for themselves. But at the same time, they will take the blame when something goes wrong.
8. Are approachable. They communicate and encourage an open door policy with their employees, and actually deliver on it when their employees come to them. They also take the time to instigate regular chats with their team members to make sure that any underlying issues aren’t ignored or go unaddressed.