Great managers build great businesses. Here are some top tips to help you become a better manager in 2022.
A goal without a plan is just a wish
Good managers create a business plan every year and communicate that plan with their team. It’s important to keep your team informed of project goals, priorities and deadlines because employees who feel uninformed can become anxious and can even lose trust in their manager.
Hunger to learn
Good managers are open to learning and growing. Managers who are closed to learning and are set in their ways tend to be less effective. Be prepared to learn from others, including team members who report into you. Be willing to adapt to change and to embrace new technology. Encourage a culture of “life long learning” in your team.
Set a good example
Your team will look to you to set the standard. Lead by example and try not to demand too much of your team. The best managers exhibit a high level of professionalism and dedication – this inspires others to behave in the same way. Try to create an environment where the energy is positive and ideas are welcomed.
Set an example by being efficient and doing things properly - this will inspire others in your team to try to do the same.
Recognition builds confidence
By publicly recognising the achievements and efforts of your team, you will build their confidence. This will, in turn, encourage future contributions and effort from you team.
Recognition doesn’t always have to be formal. Praising team members can be part of your day to day routine. You can also recognise the achievements of team members during team meetings, one to one catch ups or during an informal chat.
Lots of managers cancel monthly meetings and catch ups when time is limited. The best managers never cancel these meetings as doing so can make team members feel under-valued.
A good manager is one who doesn’t procrastinate. Focus on making decisions in a timely fashion and stick to them. People tend to feel uncomfortable with someone who back tracks or changes their mind all the time. Decisive managers build stronger trust among their team members. You can also build trust with your team members by asking for their views and including them in making decisions.
The content in this blog is correct as at 31 January 2022.