7 Tips for Success as a Manager

Every successful business has a good manager who does an excellent job of keeping the employees happy and encouraging them to increase their performance. In case you’ve recently been put in this position, you’ll likely see that being a manager is not that easy. Nevertheless, you can become successful if you follow these important tips.

Don’t Be a Drill Sergeant

Even though the employees should look at you as a leader that doesn’t mean that they should fear you. Instead of acting like a drill sergeant that your employees will grow to hate, you should work on becoming a good mentor and coach. Keep in mind that your job is to notice the potential of everyone that’s a part of the business and help them become better at their job. After all, most employees want to know that they can become better at what they do. Remember that in order to be a successful manager, you will need to be both fair and approachable.

Understand the Financial Aspects of the Business

By understanding the financial aspects of the business, you will know how to measure and track progress. You’ll also be able to set appropriate goals and guide the employees to success. Know that everyone working at the company would appreciate some reassurance that they’re doing everything right from time to time. They’ll get this reassurance by reaching goals and seeing their progress. Nevertheless, it’s very important that you set realistic and achievable goals. Otherwise, the employees may get discouraged quickly.

Work on Your Skills

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a manager – you’ll need to constantly work on your skills in order to become a better team leader. The only way to become successful is to be aware of your flaws and search for solutions. Make sure to do research online, buy books, or talk with other managers and exchange opinions.

You can even take an online management course in order to find ways to be better at your job. By improving your skills, the employees will also increase their performance at work. This will have a huge positive effect on the whole business.

Have Good Communication with the Employees

Every great manager knows exactly how important communication is for the success of the company. If you want to see good results from the employees, you will need to keep them in the loop and let them know exactly what they can do to improve every aspect of the business. Remember that they want to be challenged with new goals, since working on something important is both exciting and rewarding. As a manager, you should congratulate the employees when they do something good and provide them with quality feedback when they make mistakes.

Provide the Team with Lasting Solutions

If one of the employees approaches you at a problem, you should be the one to come up with a great solution. Keep in mind that you won’t be doing any favors if you provide the team with quick and temporary fixes. Instead, you should work hard to find the root cause of the problem and develop a lasting solution.

Know How to Delegate

Knowing how to delegate is an extremely important skill that you’ll need to have. Every manager should always know what their team is working on and be somewhat involved. However, you’ll need to accept the fact that you’ll never be able to be everywhere at once. Therefore, you’ll need to rely on other people to make sure that projects are running smoothly.

Put Yourself in Their Shoes

Although you’re currently a leader, there was once a time when you were just a follow. In order to reassure yourself that you’re doing a good job as a manager, you should put yourself in the shoes of your employees and look at thing from their perspectives. By doing this, you will easily determine what you can do to become better at your job.

Adam Richards

About Adam Richards

Adam Richards is a semi-retired business professional originally from Bangor, Maine. He spent the majority of his career in sales and marketing where he rose to the marketing lead of a Fortune 1000 company. He then moved on to helping people as a career counselor that specifically helped bring families to self-sufficiency through finding them rewarding careers. He has now returned to Bangor for his retirement and spends his free time writing. This blog will be about everything he learned throughout his career. He'll write on career, workplace, education and technology issues as well as on trends, changes, and advice for the Maine job market and its employers.