Being a manager doesn’t exempt you from making mistakes. On the contrary, with great power comes great responsibility, and with great responsibility comes great misunderstanding. Like I’ve said before, the idea of management relates to the science of execution when dealing with a business or a project assumed by a company.
Here are some common mistakes managers usually pull off:
1. Not communicating enough
If you’re a newbie, you’ll tend to fall back into your old daily grind. Doing stuff by yourself that is. Once you’re all upgraded to a higher level, you must learn how to communicate with other people and explain to them the bigger picture, tell them about your expectations, ask them about theirs, be open-minded, give and accept advice.
2. Not delegating the right people
Like I’ve said before, a manager relates to the science of execution when dealing with a business or a project assumed by a company.
As a manager, if you don’t delegate the right person to do the right thing everything will fall on your shoulders and you’ll be held responsible for everything, in case of damage.
So, when it comes to people, if you lead them to demotivation and error, you’ll block their professional development. Also, not delegating the right person or not delegating at all, means not identifying the roles and functions of the company that involve a medium or long term development.
3. Not recognizing your team members’ achievements
Most of them people are in the need for appreciation so you better give them what they need, or else you’ll probably lose them. Recognition of worth means both moral and financial support. Telling your team mate that he’s done a great job will help him (from a moral motivational point of view) but won’t pay his bills, really now.
4. Being too arrogant
That means not adapting to the latest trends, taking your frustrations out on your employees or not supporting them. Of course, the list is long and full of terrors, but just so you know, being tolerant, open to suggestions, up to date with the news and outgoing, and everything will take you to the right path.
5. Being too friendly
When managers are too friendly, they are usually misunderstood – they sometimes are taken for granted and seen as gullible, naive, powerless people who lack authority only because they’re sociable.
As a main rule in management, don’t be too arrogant and don’t be too friendly. Somewhere in between would probably do just fine. Try to understand those around you – be aware of their expectations, their frustrations; understand yourself relative to their concerns, avoid falsehood, and act in accordance with the plans you’ve prepared for your company and your team.
6. Taking all the credit
You may be the captain of the ship but if your crew deserts you, the chances of you becoming the captain of the wreck are quite high. Don’t take all the credit – your team worked hard and worked together to build up certain achievements. Like I’ve said before, recognize and reward your employees’ efforts.
It’s okay to have lots of expectations and to set goals, but try to be realistic and try to prevent false assurance. If you don’t have the means, the people, the vibe or the right plans, you better take your time until you have everything you need to bring your project to a successful conclusion.
Procrastinating usually involves lots of plans and zero commitment. Take small, simple steps one at a time, but don’t lose sight of the bigger picture.
To be continued.