It’s one thing to be the boss, but it’s another thing to be an effective manager, a leader.
It comes naturally to some individuals, but others need to focus on it and develop those traits before it becomes second nature.
Five Ways to Become a Manager People Look Up To
Value Your Employees
Recognize that you absolutely depend on your employees to do your job effectively. They provide you with information, perform to the best of their ability, work hard to achieve the goals you help set, and have a set of skills and talents that you rely on.
If they all quit tomorrow, your department would fall apart. So, treat your team like they matter!
Give them credit for their efforts, praise and reward their achievements, and let them know how much they mean to you.
Treat Everyone Fairly
It’s not good to have favorites, but it happens, and you should avoid it as much as possible.
You want to be known for rewarding good performance, so you encourage stellar efforts and striving toward goals. If you only reward your favorite employees based on their personalities, you’ll demotivate the others to work hard. They’ll see that they’re efforts are meaningless because you’ve already picked your favorites. Instead, award bonuses, raises, and promotions based on measurable performance. Be able to show on paper why certain employees were given bonuses and others were not.
If you’re not setting a good example of showing up on time, missing as little work as possible, and putting in extra effort, your employees won’t know that that’s what’s expected of them. And when things get tough and people are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, make sure you’re out there with them, getting your hands dirty and offering as much support as possible.
Be a Problem Solver
A good manager isn’t afraid to tackle a challenge, offer feedback, and help fix things when they go wrong. Step up and address problems sooner rather than later because they’re likely to get worse before they get better.
Be prepared to offer feedback, both positive and negative, in a constructive and well-meaning fashion. You must correct errors, reward innovation and productivity, and manage personal conflicts when necessary. This proactive behavior will earn you the trust and respect of your employees.
Be a Team Player
Award the credit to your team for all the achievements and share the blame when things go badly. If your employees feel like you’re on their side, they’re more likely to work their hardest to try and make the organization succeed when times get challenging. Ultimately, the team’s performance is your responsibility, so you want to do everything in your power to make sure they’re successful.
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