In today’s work environment, there are nearly as many management styles as there are managers! Some are highly effective, while others are not. What makes the difference?
Let’s take a look at effective managers – what makes them stand out? First, they have a finger on the pulse of the business. They know what’s going on. They know the names of the staff, something about them, and they are good communicators. Not just speaking, but listening.
Poor managers are what I call “Ivory Tower” managers. This manager type sits back in a cushy office, probably still doing lots of work, but never engaging the team. They are out-of-touch and out-of-reach. They know little to nothing about their employees; probably wouldn’t recognize them on the street. These managers are missing out on the best source of new ideas and innovation: the people performing the tasks! Good managers understand the demands of each position within the company and realize they’re not all the same.
To be a good manager, one must be a LEADER. Effective leaders earn respect rather than demand it. They ask people to do things rather than tell them what to do. Because they are respected, staff will generally jump to the task at hand. Poor managers don’t get that buy-in. What kind of manager – and leader – are you?