In this blog, we will give you 11 MANAGEMENT TIPS that will help you to INSTANTLY become a GREAT MANAGER and LEADER!
If you are already a manager or leader and you want to improve, or if you are applying for your first management or leadership position, continue reading because these tips will make a massive difference to your performance and career.
11 MANAGEMENT TIPS to help you become a confident and impactful manager and leader!
MANAGEMENT TIP #1 is to SET YOUR STANDARDS AND EXPECTATIONS HIGH
Your reputation as a manager and leader is based on your performance. Weak managers do not set high standards, and they don’t hold their team members accountable. They are inconsistent, and try to be popular with everyone, which never works. Remember: it is far easier to lower your standards slightly if you want to, than to raise them later on.
As a manager and leader, you should set your team definitive goals to achieve and make sure they follow 8 IMPORTANT WORKPLACE VALUES, which I will give you in a later tip.
So, MANAGEMENT TIP #1 is to make sure you always SET HIGH STANDARDS and EXPECT nothing but hard work from your team.
MANAGEMENT TIP #2 is to ALWAYS BE HONEST, TRANSPARENT, AND CONSISTENT AS A MANAGER AND LEADER
3 things are important here with this tip…
#1. Be HONEST at all times. Even if you make a mistake, or bad decision, own it! You will gain instant respect by being honest.
#2. Be TRANSPARENT. Share the reasons for the difficult decisions you make with your team whenever possible, and…
#3. Be CONSISTENT. If you are consistent in your actions, standards, and communication, you will quickly gain trust amongst your team.
MANAGEMENT TIP #3 is to COMMUNICATE REGULARLY WITH YOUR TEAM
Managers and leaders who communicate with their team are 10X more likely to succeed. One of the biggest demotivators for employees is a lack of communication.
When you sit down with your team to communicate your expectations, and plan of action, they will be RESPONSIVE. Talk with your team regularly, and they will tell you their problems, which you can resolve, and what they need in order to do their jobs to the highest standards achievable!
MANAGEMENT TIP #4 is to IMPLEMENT THE FOLLOWING 8 WORKPLACE VALUES
When you start work as a manager or leader, you should lay the ground rules for the people in your team to follow. These ground rules are called VALUES, and you want everyone in your team to demonstrate them in how their work and treat other people. The benefit of workplace values is that they act as a REFERENCE POINT for you to refer to whenever you encounter team issues, or are motivating your team.
OK, let us tell you what those 8 workplace values are, and you can use them as a manager and leader in your daily work.
VALUE #1 is RESPECT.
We will respect others’ backgrounds, opinions, views, and suggestions.
VALUE #2 is HONESTY.
If we make mistakes, we will own up to them without fear of being judged.
VALUE #3 is LOYALTY.
We will be good role models for the business, and never talk disrespectfully about our co-workers, or the organization.
VALUE #4 is COMMUNICATION.
We will communicate with each other and our customers regularly, and be clear and professional in our message.
VALUE #5 is CREATIVITY.
We will be creative in the decisions we make and put forward ideas and suggestions that help us achieve our goals.
VALUE #6 is FRUGALITY.
We will take care of company supplies and resources to save money, and seek ways to reduce expenditure and waste.
VALUE #7 is PROGRESSION.
We will always seek ways to learn, grow, and develop and take the opportunity of the training courses that come our way.
VALUE #8 is ACCOUNTABILITY.
We will be accountable for our actions, and complete everything to the best of our abilities.
So, there are 8 brilliant workplace values you can implement as a manager and leader!
MANAGEMENT TIP #5 is to CONDUCT PERFORMANCE REVIEWS WITH ALL TEAM MEMBERS EVERY 6 MONTHS
A performance review is where you sit down in private with each team member and discuss their performance for the previous six months, career aspirations and goals, training needs, and objectives for the following six months.
A performance review has many benefits, including giving you the opportunity to really get to know each team member’s strengths and weaknesses, what they want to achieve, and what motivates them. Performance reviews also give you the opportunity to say thank you to your team members for the good work they have carried out for the organization.
MANAGEMENT TIP #6 is to DELEGATE TASKS TO THE RIGHT TEAM MEMBERS
Once you start conducting performance reviews, it helps you delegate tasks based on your team member’s strengths, motivations, and aspirations. Delegation is the act of giving tasks to people in your team and then allowing them to complete them without constant supervision. The benefit of delegation is you are then freed up to focus on more important issues that are affecting the team.
MANAGEMENT TIP #7 is to ALWAYS PRAISE GOOD WORK PERFORMANCE
One of the biggest demotivators for employees, is not being recognized for good work. If your team members deliver excellent work, tell them they’ve done a good job and thank them for their outstanding performance. If you recognize and praise good work, your team members will repeat it, and help you out in times of need.
MANAGEMENT TIP #8 is to MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON THE STRATEGIC GOALS THE ORGANIZATION
Now, as a manager and leader, you will have to make many decisions during your career. Sometimes, those decisions will be unpopular, but providing your decisions are made with the organization’s goals as the focus, you will do no wrong. Always make decisions that are focused on the strategic objectives of the organization and be on the side of the senior management team and company directors.
MANAGEMENT TIP #9 is to REMEMBER, WHEN MAKING DECISIONS, DOING “NOTHING” IS AN OPTION!
As managers and leaders, we think we have to make decisions all the time. While that is true for 95% of situations, sometimes, doing “nothing” is the best option. Let us give you an example…
When I was a manager in the Fire Service, I took over the running of a fire station. I was told beforehand that one of the fire station teams was problematic. However, I decided to do nothing for the first 4 weeks of starting work, and instead, I just observed. I wanted to see how the team performed with me in charge, and as it transpired, there wasn’t a problem. If I had gone in to that situation and made instant and unnecessary changes, it could have been disastrous. Always remember, doing nothing and just observing could be one of the best management decisions you make!
MANAGEMENT TIP #10 is to HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION READY FOR THE FIRST 90 DAYS OF STARTING WORK AS A MANAGER OR LEADER!
The first 90 days of becoming a manager or leader are critical to your success. The first 90 days are when you could make mistakes that set you back. That is why it is so important to have a DEFINITIVE PLAN OF ACTION in place of what you are going to do when you take over the running of a team or department.
MANAGEMENT TIP #11 is to TACKLE CONFLICT AND UNDERPERFORMANCE QUICKLY!
Managers who ignore conflict or poor work performance quickly lose respect. If you become aware of a conflict between team members, tell them you are aware of it, and encourage them to resolve it themselves quickly and amicably. If they can’t resolve it, step in and direct them.
If a team member is underperforming, speak to them in private and ask them why they are not carrying out their work to the expected standards. It is important to establish the reason for underperformance because they might be experiencing personal problems at home, or they may feel they’ve not received the right training.
Once you know the reason for the underperformance, put a plan in place to get them up to speed again quickly and monitor them during that time.
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