What makes a manager?
A manager’s job typically includes project management, people management, time management and the ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
While these day-to-day activities are crucial, an effective manager goes beyond that, he focuses on the long term goals of building a productive team, supporting team members, and creating sustainable work processes that make sense. Outstanding managers work to achieve and exceed their objectives by staying focused on the present outcomes while preparing for the future goals.
3 Focuses of a manager
The challenge of a manager often involves coordination and motivation problems that can cause teams to underperform. To improve a team’s performance, managers should focus on three things:
- Purpose - What is the outcome your team seeks to achieve and why? Everyone should have a clear picture on why their work matters, and what success is measured by.
- People - Understanding each team member’s strengths and weaknesses. Build the team wisely. Problems will arise without the right people within a given environment.
- Process - The team must have a clear and transparent process to enable successful collaboration. They need to understand their role and contribution to avoid “mind reading” and fall into the guessing game.
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