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Published On: Wed, Aug 9th, 2017

4 Tips For Being a Good Manager

Being a good manager at work is essential to keeping a team together.  Without a strong leader, the entire operation could fall apart causing chaos and a general confusion about who should be doing what.

A manager’s job is not only to oversee the process of workflow but it is also to make sure that people are taken care of emotionally.  Sometimes you will have to mediate conflicts and misunderstandings that are bridging gaps between your employees.  You have to have a strong sense of self in order to take this role on successfully.  Here are some of the best tips for putting your best foot forward as a manager.

photo/ Gerd Altmann

Build a Relationship With Your Team

Try to build a relationship with your team which is entirely professional but still have compassion for them as humans.  Don’t be afraid to chit chat from time to time about non-work-related subjects, and be open to hearing about their lives outside of work.

When you build a relationship with each employer rather than seeing each one as simply a number, you can start to get a better feel for your team.  Knowing how your team members tick and what it takes to get them give their best work is essential to keeping everyone motivated.

The best leaders can produce incredible results from their team by only using a few simple words of inspiration.

Be Transparent

It’s important to always be honest with your team about what is going on.  It’s not fair to hide things from your staff or try to cheat them in any way.  This will only break your relationship with them and cause them to lose respect for you as a leader.

Your role should be honorable and honest and your team will ultimately appreciate you for your honesty.

Be Firm But Fair

At the end of the day, your ultimate role is not to please your staff and be everyone’s best friend.  Your job is to keep things moving smoothly and efficiently.  Therefore, the time may come sometimes which require you to have tough talks with people.  You should always be fair and respectful but with a firm hand.

By keeping a strong backbone your employees will respect you rather than assume they can take advantage of their position in the company.

Take Feedback

In order to be a good manager, you should always have the mentality that there is always room to grow.  Therefore, if you receive any feedback from your team about ways that you may have room for improvement, make sure that you keep your mind open.

You may be surprised to find that they are right.  Often times even though you are their superior, it’s not to say that your employees don’t have value in their viewpoints.

Author: Anna Johansson

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