A dream for many is to climb up the corporate ladder. It’s very hard to get promoted. It’s also harder for certain groups compared to others. However, eventually some very good workers do get promoted up the chain to management. Unfortunately, this is where many fail. Good management skills don’t come naturally to everyone. Despite this, they are absolutely essential to running a department, business location or an entire company.
Many new managers may be worried their management skills and business instincts aren’t up to snuff. Thankfully, there are things you can do to improve as a manager and help make your management more effective. Below are four useful tips.
Get a Mentor
While being a manager means being a leader, it doesn’t mean you have to go without help and guidance. This is especially the case if you are a new manager. It can help you immensely to find your footing as a new manager if you have a mentor to help guide you towards greater confidence in your new position. Having someone that can give you quality advice on how to manage effectively can go a long way. It should be part of your learning process.
You shouldn’t feel bad about having a business mentor. 80 percent of CEOs say they had helpful assistance from mentors over the course of their careers. This includes the CEOs of some of the largest and most successful companies in the world.
Being a manager is a bit different than lower positions in a business. Much like the manager of a sports team, you won’t necessarily be the one shooting the ball or swinging the bat. Instead, you need to build a team that will complete important work under the guidance of your management. To do that, you need to delegate.
Delegating can be difficult. It means giving away control to others to complete important work. However, it’s a skill that is absolutely essential to being a manager. Try to help employees do the job well. Provide proper training and give advice on where they can improve. Treat them as you would have liked to have been treated when you were climbing the ladder before your promotion to management.
Provide Your Employees with Feedback
Managing employees means a lot more than simply delegating responsibility. You also need to make sure each worker under your supervision is doing an adequate job. Part of that task involves providing feedback to your employees. Employees value feedback. In fact, 60 percent of employees would prefer feedback on a weekly or daily basis.
This should include both positive feedback and negative feedback. Employees need to be told when they are doing a good job. That recognition is important to them. Consider starting an employee recognition program. As for negative feedback, make sure your criticisms are constructive. Your objective shouldn’t be to punish employees for poor performance but to help them improve so they can do a better job.
Being an effective manager means being an effective communicator. If you are poor at communicating, it’s doubtful you’ll ever be a great manager. There are lots of different kinds of communication you must master as a manager. This includes being able to have effective one on one communication with employees you supervise. It means being able to communicate to large groups. It means being able to compose memos and powerpoint presentations. It means being able to communicate with customers to ensure they receive excellent service. Make sure your employees and all others you come into contact with as a manager feel like they can communicate with you openly.
Being a new manager can be a bit daunting. It’s a lot of responsibility, and it can be stressful to take on that much responsibility for the first time. However, having a mentor, being able to delegate and communicating well, including providing employees with valuable feedback, can help to ensure you are successful at your job.
by: Mark Palmer