Leadership and management go hand in hand, but they’re not really the same thing. People tend to choose sides – some of them are born to be leaders, some of them have all the qualities they need to become great managers.
I’ve already told you about the way I see these two approaches – guiding versus controlling, showing a way versus being in charge and setting tasks.
So, let’s talk management. Do you have what it takes to be a good manager?
Management – Qualities and Modus Operandi
The first rule of management is delegation. Don’t try and do everything yourself because you can’t.
When dealing with a business or a project, a manager relates to the science of execution. Let me be more specific:
A good manager is like a metronome.
One must be a source of harmony, equilibrium and alertness. At the same time one must let people express freely and without restrictions – even though to manage means to control, that doesn’t imply the absence of freedom or communication.
A good manager must keep in touch with all the people he or she works with.
Listening and talking to one another is the main key to success. It is practically impossible to raise a business if people do not communicate to each other, and the management team doesn’t open up to the others when it comes to certain things that might affect them.
So, as a main rule in management: as a manager, no matter how uncomfortable the information you want to leak, you must always be transparent and share insights with the others.
A good manager knows how to synthesize.
No matter the specific, one must know how to capture the essence of a situation.
Sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words – knowing how to make a long story short and not lose the most important aspects it’s a huge deal. After all, you know what they say: strong essences are held in small bottles.
Analytical sense goes hand in hand with the capacity of synthesis.
Having an analytical sense helps a manager use his communication skills towards the business area without letting it interfere in the private, personal path.
A good manager assumes any kind of goals.
Whether we’re talking about financial, process related or market related goals – don’t forget about this important issue that breathes into the surrounding business environment: think twice before making a decision and assume everything you’ve fixed upon.
Practice makes perfect. Perfect sense that is. A managerial behavior can be learned and assumed by understanding this role, its purpose, and always improving it.
If you asked me, I believe that a manager is situated at the intersection of these three domains:
Best case scenario, a manager must place himself in that overlapping area where all these three aspects are covered.
By understanding the people you work with, the people you want to collaborate with, by delegating the right persons and have insights about all the processes and objectives of a project, one must strive for a certain equilibrium good for what ails your business.
What do managers want from their employees?
Looking at the big picture, I think both managers and leaders incline towards honesty and clarity in opinions and reports, followed by involvement and results orientation. And, of course, competency in what they do day by day.
Also, proactivity, commitment, positive attitude and teamwork are some other features everybody (managers, leaders, team members) appreciates. It’s easier to work with self-motivated, dedicated people who are aware about what must be done.
It’s like I’ve said before: being oriented on the road of that greater good and mutual purpose makes work much easier.
Being a manager (or a leader) doesn’t save yourself from being flawed. There are challenges on the way and everybody makes mistakes. I’m going to keep you in suspense and tell you more about this aspect in the following article. Meanwhile, feel free to learn more about leaders and the mistakes they sometimes make.
Originally written on LinkedIn
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