How to be a good manager?

Being a good manager is not as easy as it might seem. Management is a job like any other one and it requires experience and key qualities to succeed.

Indeed, even if you were a good employee and that is why you have been promoted, that doesn’t mean you are a good manager. So roll up your sleeves, read the advice we gathered for you and try to put them into practice.

1. Legitimate your authority

Being respected by your team members is not something that goes without saying. You might be the manager but your team doesn’t have to like you. Ask yourself this question, do you want them to work for you because they have to or because they want to? Legitimating your authority will enable you and your team to be more efficient and to work in a much better atmosphere. So what is the key?

First of all, show them that if you are the manager, it is because you are good at what you do and that they can learn from you. If they have to do something they have never done before, devote a bit of your time to them and teach them how to do it. They will appreciate your availability and will see by themselves that you have more skills and experience than them. If you ask someone to carry out a mission, you have to be able to successfully complete it if you had to. If they see that you can’t do something you ask them to do, they will start putting into question your professionalism. Keep in mind that you have to be their role model.

Second of all, keep an eye on what they do and do not hesitate to give them a piece of advice when needed. For instance, if you see that they could perform a task more efficiently, give them a few tips to gain time and have better results. They will see that you want them to make progress and develop their career.

To finish, make a point to do your job well. You have to lead from the front. Your team will follow your every move and if you make a mistake, it won’t go unnoticed. Remember that, besides the management and the supervision of your team, you have your own tasks to carry out and you have to show an example. Adopt the attitude you are expecting from your team and perform well every day. If you do something wrong, do not try to hide it but talk about it with your team and tell them what you did to fix it. A good manager is the one who recognizes his mistakes and learns from it.

2. Put people first

The members of your team have to be at the centre of your management strategy. Everyone is different and doesn’t operate the same way. Get to know each person and pinpoint their main strengths and weaknesses. If you want to bring out the best of their potential, you have to manage them individually because depending on their personality you won’t stress the same things. Our piece of advice is therefore to manage your team as a whole as well as a group composed of individuals. You have to find a good balance between both.

Another important point is conflict management. Always being together can create tension which decreases the efficiency and if not eased can lead to more important issues. Be aware of what is going on in your team and react quickly when a conflict appears. No need to implicate everyone, just have a conversation with the people involved and help them to find a solution.

Remember that even if you need results, you are managing people. They need to feel that you care for them and that you respect them. Be a good listener and keep your door open so that they know they can come to you if there is any problem. Treat them equally and do not engage in favouritism as it could decrease the productivity and the morale of the employees. Favouring one or a few members of your team will frustrate and make others unhappy. You need to make them fell valuable and encourage them to do their best work. To achieve this goal, you have to have everyone on an equal foot.

3. Build team cohesion

To have good team cohesion, the manager has to implicate everyone in the life of the team. Do not take all the decisions by yourself but involve your team when possible. Ask them their opinion, be open to their suggestions and try to find the best solution together. They will appreciate that you consult them and this is a perfect team building exercise. Taking part in the evolution of the team will give them the sense of responsibility and will strengthen their sense of belonging.

Motivating your team is also very important. Do not let them get down and know how to cheer them up. Motivate them when they need to and when they deserve it. You can organise incentives from time to time to congratulate them on a job well done.

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