How to Be a Great Manager: 5 Quick Tips!
“No great manager or leader ever fell from heaven, it’s learned not inherited.” ~ Tom Northup
Climbing the ladder to become a great manager is like assembling a jigsaw brainteaser. During the first
attempt, it takes a while to get everything straight. The second time you are more familiar with the
scheme and every time after that, the assemblage becomes more and more easy as you naturally bring
together all the pieces and do the task perfectly.
Below are the 5 pieces of the brainteaser that a manager has to assemble correctly to become a great
manager. In fact, all the great managers are endowed with these 5 traits. If you develop each of these
five characteristics, you will not only become a great manager but a great leader too.
1. Establish your credibility
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you
made them feel” ~ Maya Angelou
Ask yourself, do you want your executives to work for you simply because they have to or because they
wish to? Establishing your credibility will help you and your team to execute work efficiently in a much
better work environment. So, devote your time with the team so that they learn from you how to
execute exceptionally new task which they have never done before. They will not only appreciate your
availability but witness your skills, knowledge and expertise. Be their role model and in case of any
difficulties faced by the assignee in carrying out a mission, ensure thatyou help them get out of the
hurdle. This will not only showcase your professionalism but also plant the root of respect in your
2. Put People First
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you’ll help them to become what they are
capable of becoming” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Be a good listener. Respect your team’s views, opinions and outlook. Always keep in mind, that even if
you seek results, you are dealing with ‘humans’ and managing them. So, encourage and motivate them
to increase their productivity and morale.
3. Acknowledge the positive
“Positivity rears positivity”
Are you the one who only sees what’s missing and neglects what has been achieved? Well,
acknowledging the work and efforts of your team members can really bring the best out of them. No
wonder, genuine positive reception lifts people’s spirit. On the contrary negative reception or feeling of
being devalued can be incredibly toxic. Researcher MarcialLosada has examined that amongst great
performing squads, the expression of positive response overshadows negative response by a ratio of 5.6
4. Build Team Cohesion
“The best manager is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and
self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
All your team members have diverse values, ideals, beliefs and working style. However, they all have to
work in unison to accomplish the goals of the organization. Great managers maintain this unison by not
only managing the team as a whole but by knowing their individual strength as well as limitations. Also,
great managers know what’s going in their team which helps them to settle any conflicts that appear
right in the initial stage without damaging the working atmosphere.
5. Be real with people and lead by example
“A great manager is the one who identifies his blunders and learns from it”
Besides supervising your core team and managing them, you have to carry out your own work. Make
sure you create an example. Adopt the winner attitude that you are looking in your team and perform
exceptionally every day. In case, something goes wrong, do not disguise it but talk about it and let your
team know what you did to fix it up.
Lastly, how to be a great manager? Well, first and foremost, work hard on yourself than you do on your
professionas you are completely in the human resource, aren’t you?
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