Managers are generally responsible for controlling all or part of a company or organization. Their position requires them to motivate, instruct, supervise, motivate and evaluate employees and their work. They must also issue punishment and reward where it’s due.
Some managers enter a company in a lower position and eventually work their way up. However in such cases, these individuals may be promoted to manager with little to no training, meaning that they have limited experience on how to manage people.
The problem with this is that the following behaviours usually arise:
- Heavy micromanaging
- Taking credit for others’ ideas
- Boasting about their manager status
- Never giving praise where it’s due
- Making decisions that support the near term compensation at the expense of the organisation’s long-term goals
- Hiring and firing the wrong people for the wrong reasons
- Ruling by force, fear, intimidation and title
Changing your management style
If you believe that your management skills could do with a little fine-tuning, see the tips below on how to improve them:
Trust your employees
Avoid feeling like you have to take the bulk of the work. Your employees are there to take on work that you are unable to do, so avoid being overly controlling and delegate at every possible opportunity
Praise where praise is due
Never take unfair credit for others’ work! When you praise employees for their good work, they will strive to continue working hard and achieving good things.
Set strategies but not tactics
This will empower and motivate your team and allow them to think more freely
Hold fewer meetings
But those that you do hold should be more focused, with fewer people and a strict agenda
Celebrate failure and reward innovation
Always encourage your team to try new things and learn from mistakes; after all the greatest way to learn is to make a mistake first.
Care about your employees
Show your employees that you care about them and they will show that they care about you. This will create an overall positive attitude in the office.