How to become a more effective manager

In the current economic environment, businesses are demanding more and more of their managers. Here are some tips to help you to become a more effective manager.

The best managers are those that step back and let their team do their job without standing over the shoulders. You can’t do everything yourself. Instead, assign each member of your team personal objectives and empower them to succeed. Give them the opportunity to make decisions; set up regular weekly or bi-weekly catch up meetings, then step back and let them get on with it.

One of the most common complaints from employees is that their managers simply don’t talk to them. They communicate when they hand down projects or tasks, but they’re often unreachable day to day. A great manager will always be available when one of their team members has a question or concern, and they will always make an effort to reach out and ensure employees have everything they need to get the job done.

Stop and think before reacting. Act based upon sound principles, not emotion (which could be heated at the time). Avoid getting sucked into the emotion of the moment. Try to proactively manage difficult situations so that you address problems before they become bigger issues.

Try to understand things from the point of view of others. Listen more than you speak and try to avoid jumping to conclusions. Take notes – this helps you to listen actively. Note questions as you go along and keep them for the end of the meeting. You may find that your questions are answered by others as the meeting progresses.

Communication is key. Providing feedback helps your team to continually improve. Hold regular meetings with team members to assess projects and check-in with them. Seek mutual benefits in every interaction. Negotiate so that the result offers a win for both or all parties. Seek a cooperative arena, not a competitive one. Win-win situations are mutually beneficial and satisfying.

Make time to sharpen your axe. Take care of yourself and consider your physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Making time to rest, recover and refresh will make you more effective and less stressed in the office.