Whether you are starting your own business, or you are being promoted to a new management position, there is a huge difference in responsibilities that you will be taking on. You may know the business and the products and services like the back of your hand, but being a manager is completely different, as you have to organize people, schedules, and are accountable for a lot more. Being a manager is an important role, as you will directly have an impact on your staff members and influence their happiness, and job progression. When you are a good manager, you are more likely to encourage happier and more passionate staff who enjoy working for you, are more dedicated to the company, and produce high-quality work. Good management skills can also significantly improve the bottom line of the business.
Becoming a good manager is not something that can happen quickly. It will take time and effort, as well as implementing a range of different tools and strategies that will grow over time. You will also need to stay open and adaptable, as different people will respond to different management styles. It is therefore important to take into consideration your staff and their preferences by building strong relationships, and constantly being open to learning and growing.
Here are some top tips to help you get started with growing into a good manager.
Get to know your employees
Getting to know your employees should be the first and most important thing you do when you become a new manager. Your employees are at the heart of your business, and their response to your management style will impact the business in a variety of ways. Over time, learn about them on a professional level, as well as a personal level, so that you can build a good picture of their passions, interests, and goals in life. Understand how they like to work, and what their schedule preferences are, as many employees will have other commitments, such as children or passionate hobbies. This will help you to better understand part time versus full time work schedules, and how you can support each employee. This will help you to support them much better, as there is never a one size fits all approach.
Listen to your employees
Your employees will likely spend a lot of time in the office, and it is important to anyone that they feel valued. One of the best ways to do this is to hear what they have to say because they are going to have important opinions about your company that can be extremely insightful, innovative and help it grow. Not only can it be an eye-opening experience for your business to hear directly from the experiences of your employees, but it can also help employees feel valued, boost their confidence, and stay loyal to your company. Employees are much more likely to be engaged and committed to the business growth if they know their opinions are heard and they can play a key role in the business growth. Make sure you make time and actively listen to your employees when they tell you they have something to say. You can also be proactive and ask them regularly for their feedback by way of email, telephone conference, or surveys.
Acknowledge positive behavior and success
It is important to help your employees learn from their mistakes, and constructive criticism and feedback can play a positive role in their learning and development within the company. It is, however, also vital that you acknowledge, and praise your employees for their success, hard work, and effort. Try to avoid constantly focusing on the negatives, or the things that go wrong, and remember to find some of the positive things that have happened. Positive reinforcement can be a great way to motivate your team, and create a hard-working and better atmosphere.
Lead by example
An important skill to learn as a manager is to lead by example. In business, there is a hierarchy, which means your staff is going to look up to you every day. You need to ensure that you are conducting business properly, ethically, and with integrity. If you have a good attitude towards your work and the company, this will reflect positively on your staff too. If you have a poor attitude or work ethic, then you are modeling that behavior to your staff and permitting them to do the same. Staff will inevitably get frustrated if you provide rules for them to follow, but do not follow them yourself. Although you are their manager, you are all still part of one team that needs to work together to achieve your goals.
Learn how to motivate your team
It is a great practice to find out what motivates your team, and then use that to incentivize them to work hard and keep a positive working environment. For example, if you know a staff member wants a promotion, you could help them by assigning tasks that will get them there. You can also motivate them in a number of different ways, from ensuring that you pay your staff what they are worth, provide a pleasant working environment, encourage happiness and good wellbeing, offer opportunities to learn and grow within themselves, or within the business, set clear goals, and establish trust. Everyone is motivated by different things.
You cannot just take a course and become a good manager. A good manager requires constant learning and self-improvement. It is just as important as growing your team, as it is to grow yourself. Learn about what motivates you, and what kind of manager you want to be. Make sure you are constantly reviewing your own progress and working on your weaknesses. You could also see if you can find a mentor, who can help you grow as a manager and provide you with help and feedback.
Be a leader
As well as motivating your team, and leading by example, it is also important that you lead your team, rather than just take on the title as a manager. This means establishing mutual trust and respect right from the start to help strengthen relationships and communication. Leading your team also means setting clear goals, and providing clear direction and intentions for the workload and business. Your team needs a strong leader to lead them to success.
Good communication is vital for any team to work. It is especially important for managers to be able to communicate effectively, as well as develop the team’s overall communication, as it will directly impact productivity, performance, morale, and how the team works together. Any interaction a manager has with their team, whether it is nonverbal, nonverbal, or written, is an opportunity to create a positive impact. Good communication lays the foundation of your ability to manage people, as it will dictate how well you give feedback to your team, how strong your relationships are, how much your team listens and respects you, how hard your team works, how you resolve conflicts, manage performances, and much more. To start building on your communication, make sure you are honest and transparent with your team, keep them up-to-date with important information, and continue to learn how each individual team member communicates best.
Becoming a manager means taking on a lot more responsibility and accountability. It will be a challenge at first, but if you stay open to learning and growing your skills, you can guarantee you’ll become an excellent manager with time. Make sure you adopt these practices and continue to reflect on your performance in each area, to see what is working well, and what isn’t, and where there are opportunities for you to make improvements. Don’t be afraid to get feedback from your team.