Good managers don’t just happen. The best leaders work hard to develop the right skills to be effective in the workplace. Here are some skills you should consider developing to be a better manager.
Communication is the foundation for any team, but managers have to take their communication skills to the next level. It isn’t easy giving feedback to people and encouraging transparency in your team. Communication isn’t just talking. As a good leader, you need good listening skills as well.
Good managers support collaboration on their team to build trust and encourage productivity. Getting a group of people working together starts at the top. If you collaborate openly with your team, they’re more likely to be more positive toward their own tasks.
It sounds counterintuitive to train people to progress in the company, but good managers encourage growth. Help your team find opportunities for networking and to go to conferences. Set goals that help people get better not only on the job but in their profession.
Your team wants to know how they are making a difference for the business. When you make assignments, make sure each team member understands their impact on the overall project. They’ll be more motivated.
Show your team that you are teachable. Apologize when you make a mistake. Go to conferences. Accept change. Learn from your team. Strong managers aren’t scared to let others present ideas and show off their skills.
Good managers respect the members of their team. They set professional boundaries and respect other’s boundaries. They know that to perform well, every team member needs a good work-life balance. Good managers go to bat for their team members when necessary. It’s not always easy being a good manager, but it is rewarding.
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