An effective manager pays attention to many facets of management, leadership and learning within an organization. So, it’s difficult to take the topic of management success and say that the following ten items are the most important for success. Legions of articles and books profess to have the answer. Many are variations on the same theme. Others profess to add a new characteristic or skill.
There are, however, seven management skills without which you won’t become a successful manager. These are the key and critical skills which will help you lead your team and encourage employees to want to follow you. And, when employees want to follow you, you have accomplished a key component of managing employees.
Successful managers know what employees need to work effectively, stay productive, and contribute to a thrilled customer experience and a harmonious workplace. They know the behaviors that a manager needs to stay away from to encourage successful employees.
Managers who want to succeed also understand that they are the most significant factor in whether employees are motivated to want to show up for work. A bad manager is frequently cited as a key reason why employees quit their jobs.
Striving for greatness as a manager should top every manager’s goal list. The difference that a great manager can make in the work lives of employees is inestimable. Helping employees feel rewarded, recognized, and thanked is also key to performing effectively as a manager.
The most important issue in management success, however, is being a person that others want to follow. Every action you take during your career in an organization helps determine whether people will one day want to follow you. Without followers, you cannot lead and manage. So, use these seven tips to be the successful manager that you aspire to become.
Seven Key Effective Management Success Skills
A successful manager, one whom others want to follow, performs the following actions effectively.
Build Effective and Responsive Interpersonal Relationships
Reporting staff members, colleagues, and executives respect the ability to demonstrate caring, collaboration, respect, trust, and attentiveness. They depend on a manager to treat colleagues with dignity and respect, to keep their word, to exude integrity, and display dependability and character under even the most challenging occurrences and challenges.
An effective manager is someone who communicates effectively in person, print, texts, and email. Listening and two-way feedback characterize interactions with others. The manager should also open to receiving feedback from colleagues and reporting staff. Avoid a defensive response and be willing to change your behavior when the feedback is on target. But, mostly, understand and act upon the power of interaction.
Build a Team
Building a team enables other staff to collaborate more effectively with each other. People feel as if they have become more—more effective, more creative, more productive—in the presence of a team builder. Be willing to sit down and problem solve when teamwork or team tasks are not on target and working effectively. Let employees know directly and candidly when they are impeding the team’s progress.
Understand the Financial Aspects of the Business
Understand the financial aspects of the business and sets goals and measures and documents staff progress and success. This allows the team to feel a sense of progress, that they are reaching goals and exceeding expectations. People want to know how they are performing against expectations at work.
Financial and other goals let them know. Painting a picture that employees can agree on is effective for noting progress when numerical goals don’t exist. Good managers understand and play the appropriate role in creating this picture, feedback, and communication.
Create a Positive Environment
Create an environment in which people experience positive morale and recognition and employees are motivated to work hard for the success of the business. Understands that the manager is the most significant factor in whether employees are happy at work. Your interaction with employees sets the tone for the workplace every day.
Be an Example
Lead by example and set the pace via your expectations and behavior. Provide recognition when others do the same. Employees know that you are the real deal because you say and do the same thing.
Help people grow and develop their skills and capabilities through education and on-the-job learning. Brings career pathing to employees so that they continue to grow and develop. Makes employee career and personal development a priority in the workplace. Employees feel as if their manager cares about their careers and progress. This is one of the most significant factors that employees need from work.
Know a few more characteristics of management success? These are just a start, but they’re a good start. You’ll want to begin with these skills and attributes when you decide to aim for management success.
By Susan M. Heathfield
Susan Heathfield covers HR for The Balance since 2000. She co-owns TechSmith Corp. and is an HR and management consultant with an MS degree.