How to become a great manager in five steps

Who would not want to be a popular, efficient and productive manager? There are countless management styles and we are also all different as people. Yet there are a few common traits that all those who have achieved long-term success in the management profession share. Here is how to become a great manager in five steps.


Keep a positive attitude

According to BusinessMatters Magazine, every successful manager is characterised by a certain positive attitude that they maintain even when the team faces crises or uncertainty. Learn how to see the positive in everything and find opportunities even where others see only obstacles. Learn also how to transfer this enthusiasm to your team.

Communicate openly

Transparent communication is key to building relationships and trust within your team. Do not try to hide anything from your subordinates. Keep your promises. Do not try to be someone you are not. In short, be honest, authentic, and talk to your subordinates about everything - even unpleasant topics.

Plan for the future, including crisis scenarios

The ideal manager always has a plan up their sleeve. This is because they spend enough time on strategic planning and have (at least rough) plans in place for different situations, including crises.

Never neglect personal development - neither your own, nor your subordinates'

Training and development are absolutely crucial to success. This is true on both the individual and team level. Set an example to subordinates by continuously learning new things and keeping up-to-date with new trends. Also make training subordinates one of your top priorities.

Use concrete data and numbers to make decisions

A good manager is able to make quick, but correct and informed decisions. Doing this requires having the right data. Learn how to use the programs and technologies which generate that data for you, and make decisions based on objective numbers and facts.


Article source Business Matters - website of a leading British magazine for small and medium sized companies
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