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Being a manager is not an easy task; you need to possess a number of crucial skills and have comprehensive knowledge about your business and industry. You also need to be prepared to cope with unforeseen challenges and make the most of available opportunities so that your business successfully achieves it’s goals.
If you are trying to become a successful manager, then here are a few tips and suggestions that will enable you to become the best manager you can be-
Be your own self
One of the worst things you can do as a manager is being someone your are usually not. You do not have to compete with the last manager nor do you need to top him. You just simply need to be yourself and work with the best of your abilities. Do what you believe to be the right thing as the manager and trust your decisions. Make sure you let others at the workplace see the real you. This is surely the first basic step to being a successful manager.
Lead through example
If you want your team to give their best in accomplishing business goals and follow deadlines effectively, then it is imperative that you show them how it is done first. How can your team follow the right strategies, rules and policies if you don’t do them yourself. If you want the best results, then start by leading through example.
Theodore Roosevelt, former US President, once famously said “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
Learn to accept your own mistakes
Are you afraid of making miscalculations and mistakes? You need to realise that even the most successful managers make mistakes. As the old saying goes “To err is human.” Hence, there is no point in beating yourself up if you made a few mistakes. However, it is imperative that you realise and accept the mistakes you have made, instead of denying them or blaming others. You can also ask your core team to come up with suggestions and support, guide & help you to fix the mistake and not repeat it in future. Accepting mistakes will enable you to build a culture of honesty.
Build a positive relationship with your team
If you want to make sure that your team stays motivated and focused, then it is important that you have some fun with them. By creating a comfortable and good relationship with your team, you will be able to strengthen the bond. By developing a friendly atmosphere, you will create a good rapport with your team which would directly result in improved team performance and faster accomplishment of goals.
Provide feedback openly
It is best to give open and honest feedback to your team about their work. However, you must remember that feedback includes both positive and negative feedback. You must appreciate your staff just as much as you might point out their faults.
Keep your team motivated
Recognise the strengths and positive aspects in your team and motivated them by acknowledging jobs well done. Let them know how beneficial they efforts are for the business. This will make them feel that the work they do has value and encourage them to give it their best.
So there you have it! Follow these simple yet effective tips to boost your management skills and become the best leader you can be.
— Phillip Morgan (@e_businesschool) August 19, 2015
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