There are no two ways around it: leadership is hard work. Being a good manager might come naturally to some professionals. However, being an exceptional manager requires you to learn more, do more and most importantly, inspire others to follow you.
Of course, skills such as mentoring, working with sincerity and consistency, problem-solving and analytical thinking are essential, but becoming a good manager requires more than this expertise. When we talk about effective leadership, we are talking about the tools, behaviors, and skills that a person needs to be successful at managing and inspiring others.
The following are the top traits found in ‘effective’ managers who lead productive teams for the organizations that they work for.
Being a Leader
Gaining the title of a manager does not automatically make one a leader. Leadership is learned over time. Most people are promoted to becoming a manager because of their excellent individual skills that made them successful, but these people never had those traits tested which make them inspire others. Remember, a leader does not only delegate tasks but is also one who inspires trust.
Prioritizing and then directing their attention to each task is a skill that most managers don’t have. Most of the time, priority setting can be tricky; a manager has to choose between two tasks that are equally important and fall within the same deadline. This is where their skills come into play.
A successful manager is able to concentrate even when multitasking. They have their own way of tackling challenges. They will either create teams to handle the tasks, where everyone’s strengths suit the jobs, or they would jump into the mix and come up with a strategic solution themselves that may involve in investing in new resources. Simply put, being brutal with prioritizing and making sure that focus is never wasted is an essential quality of a great manager.
As with any other job, resisting development and learning will only make things difficult for you. A manager should know that to be a great leader, they have to be a step ahead. If you are not open to learning and development, the chances are that you won’t be able to inspire others.
Simply put, if the manager stays at a certain level, the team is never able to learn and grow either. When the manager lags behind, he or she will find that they are unable to compete in the market and may even lose their existing employees to other organizations.
Helping Others Grow
Part of the managerial job is making sure that the employees do their job and grow from the time they spend working for an organization so that in the face of new challenges they are better able to work better and persevere. Two things go into this ensuring this, cultivating talents and then motivating individuals to use their skills towards productivity.
Communication is Key
Strong communication skills are an essential trait. A manager may show that he or she appreciates the hard work employees put in, but a great manager goes beyond that. Communication begins even before the actual work starts.
It is the manager’s job to communicate precisely what tasks need to be done by the subordinates. Good managers ensure that the message was received by a two-way communication session that makes employees feel at ease when asking questions and responding to how they deciphered the message. This trait helps maintain the productivity of the workplace.
Instead of expecting employees to adapt to change, it is foremost the manager’s job to not only foresee challenges but readily adapt. Being an adaptable professional also hints at the fact that the manager harbors the vital creative thinking required to find solutions to most unexpected problems faced by a business.
Relationship building is one the most important things in making a great manager. With the un-halting influence of the internet and the emphasis on building networks, this is one way you can reach out to potential employees and clients that would contribute to your organization.
Networking with the employees involves showcasing trust and empathy. This helps a leader gain more insights over his or her team’s weak points and strengths.
Bringing Forward the Best of a Workplace
Great managers should be more than just productive. They build a culture that motivates and drives the employees to do better and up their level. A good workplace culture not only encourages workers but also makes sure that they find fulfillment in their work.
Positivity can go a long way in motivating an entire organization. Great managers inspire and not complain about tasks not being completed. They search for solutions instead of giving up when the deadline nears. A positive attitude counters any negativity brewing in the workplace. It makes people want to be more involved and get the work done. A positive vibe is contagious in all scenarios, a great manager must use it to its full potential in a workplace.
A manager who owns their goals is one who takes responsibility in how their decision making panned out; whether things ended up in their favor or not. By being an example, the manager fosters a responsible culture where employees are held accountable as well for their work.