A manager’s work is seemingly never done. After all, it is up to you to train your team, organize your team, communicate with your team, and motivate your team. The word “team” gets mentioned a lot when it comes to talking about what managers do because, at the end of the day, a manager’s work is more significant than just themselves.
This is because a manager’s work is directly related to how other people do their job and the overarching goals of the company.
Undoubtedly, obtaining a manager’s role is a significant career milestone and can be a rewarding position to occupy, which is why it is featured in many a leadership training plan. However, that doesn’t mean that it is not also challenging and sometimes overwhelming.
If you are looking to be the best you can be, read on to learn three tips for being a fantastic manager.
1. Know how to motivate employees during both good and bad times.
As a manager, you have a unique role as a leader for the rest of the members of your team. This role requires you to step up and be someone that the rest of the group can look to for advice and motivation.
During the good and the bad times, you have a responsibility to keep your workers productive, dependable, and engaged with their duties. Even if you feel like you are the one who desperately requires a shot of motivation, in most scenarios, you will have to be the one who brings it each day to the office for everyone to share.
If you are finding it challenging to motivate your workers, or are having a hard time locating your inner motivation, then take a moment to reflect on your company’s mission and goals. Frequently, when you remind yourself (and others) of the bigger picture, the smaller inconveniences, disasters, or setbacks seem to grow a lot more minuscule.
Additionally, a little positivity can go a long way, and opting to remind your team of wins, or alternative ways of looking at an outcome, can do an ample amount to raise spirits.
While you want to keep your personal opinions to yourself, you don’t want to be untruthful with your workers as they will be quick to mistrust you in the future. Therefore, it is essential to find a balance between honesty and optimism. This can be challenging for all leaders.
2. Bring people together to talk.
Communication is paramount in any fruitful relationship and, as a manager, you have a unique role to play in ensuring that the right people are speaking with one another on a regular basis.
However, in addition to the obvious sets of people, you want to try to bring people from different teams together to discuss matters. Not only does this allow company members to learn more about other aspects of the business, but it also helps to foster relationships and can bring about new ideas for running operations.
Employees need to feel as though their opinion is listened to and respected, and the best way to do this is to have forums for them to speak up. No matter what issue or problem the leadership team is working on, it is (generally) a good idea to invite the employees to tell you their opinions and to assist you in brainstorming possible solutions.
If this feels daunting to you, consider attending executive coaching workshops to learn strategies for bringing people together, encouraging conversation, and being a better leader altogether.
3. Recognize how (and when) to regroup after an unsuccessful project.
One of the most challenging scenarios for a manager is when a project ends up being characterized as “unsuccessful.” No one wants to see their hard work be rejected or become part of a failed plan, but this happens time and time again in business, and it is up to you to rally the troops and regroup.
Make sure that you and your team are always assessing your projects (whether or not they are successful) and asking yourself what and how you can improve on in the future. If the project was unsuccessful, strive to turn the failure into a positive learning experience.
Ultimately, it is during these challenging moments that your leadership is needed more than ever and it is up to you to take the reins and navigate your team back to smooth-sailing and successful voyages.
Are you currently occupying a managerial position or have you in the past? If so, let us know your tips and tricks for succeeding in the role in the comments below!
Salma El-Shurafa is an experienced Executive Coach and founder of The Pathway Project. She is a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leadership program.