Being in a position of leadership requires more than simply getting a promotion. There are a lot of things to consider and think about when it comes to becoming a manager or a person that handles a lot of people under him or her.
However, being a better manager and being a great person in general do not simply happen overnight. Like motivation, there are steps to becoming a better manager:
- Set your personal routines
Being a manager is already very stressful. With many deadlines and targets to achieve, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important and not take care of one’s self and overall well-being; but doing so only makes things worse. The best way to go about it is to prioritize your health. This then leads to having more energy to tackle more challenges. Aside from that, adding in reading newspapers and books pertinent to your industry will take you to the next level – as well as your team.
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- Stop the bad habits
Habits such as excessive gossiping and extending during lunch do not help you become the kind of manager that people would like to emulate. Walk the talk always — it’s the only way to show leadership in action.
- Create opportunities for others to shine
As a manager, there are many opportunities for you to shine in the workplace. But the true sign of being a good manager is by providing the same chances for the rank and file to also showcase their capabilities. It can be as simple as copying that staff while forwarding the output to a C-level executive and then complimenting that staff member for a job well done.
And always, praise in public and penalize in private.
- Have an open door policy and actually mean it
Aside from providing feedback, receiving it objectively is one of the hardest things to do. How well can you really receive feedback is something a great manager should master as it creates a healthier working environment for all employees.
- Get out of your office and talk to people
Once you’ve opened that door, get out of it! Talk to your people about things that also matter to them. A great manager is not just efficient but also a human being with a heart.