Traditionally, effective managers were defined by their ability to monitor, control and discipline employees. Today however, we’ve moved away from the autocratic stylings of yore and towards a more collaborative approach. With management structures evolving at a rapid rate look out for these 6 things that effective managers do well.
Effective managers don’t deny their weaknesses, they accept them. Recognise your own shortcomings and be honest about them. Acknowledging that a subordinate is better at a certain task or aspect of the job leads to increased productivity and strengthened working relationships.
Support don’t surveil
Successful leaders don’t micromanage their staff. Trust your team to perform efficiently and then give them the freedom to do so. Dee Murphy, Organisational Psychologist and Expert in Residence at Jobbio says this will become a core issue for younger generations.
“As managers, Millennials will fully embrace non-linear promotional paths and encourage fast-paced innovation. These leaders will have to effectively communicate to manage virtual teams. Gen Zs (their successors) will be the most independent employees yet – needing complete autonomy to control how they take in information and get things done.”
Ask for input
Encouraging input leads to improved output. The most creative work environments are those where employees feel comfortable offering their feedback and suggestions.
Give credit where it’s due
Nothing motivates people more than recognition for their work and reward for their accomplishments. Bonuses or holiday days won’t always be appropriate but never underestimate the value of a simple “thank you”.
Regardless of how stacked your workload is, it’s important to make time to update and listen to your employees. This will actually save time in the long run as everyone will have a clear idea of what they’re doing.
Grace Looney, CMO at Jobbio says: “In fast paced environments, internal communications and keeping the team updated can sometimes be the last thing on a manager’s mind but really those are the exact circumstances when speaking with the team and bringing them along with you can be most important”.”
Deal with conflict
Managing a team will inevitably lead to clashes and conflict. When this occurs, it’s important to face it head on. Avoiding or underplaying a dispute in the workplace will only prolong the problem. Bring the aggrieved parties together and facilitate an open discussion.
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