We’ve heard many people say they’d rather be a manager, while the managers would rather be anything else. So what is it about being a manager that can cause one to think that? Well managers have their own teams and meet specific deadlines. But in order to achieve a goal, you need to be competent as a manager. Here are 7 signs that your manager is a bad one:
When managers are given a task, their first thought should be to sit down with their team and explain the ‘mission’ at hand. When the entire team knows, it’s always easier to get inputs and feedback. Then, together, they should plan out their course of actions over the coming months. At this point, making a weekly or monthly plan and segregating work plays a crucial role. Otherwise, it’s like managing a group of boys in a toy store. Finally, plan for the unexpected and finding a way to avoid those situations as well is a crucial step.
There’s an age old saying, “Managers take the blame if something goes wrong and the credit when it goes right.” This is fundamentally wrong. Managers should take the blame when it goes wrong, but when he gets it right, he should share the credit with his team in public. This raises their morale and makes them want to work harder. Appreciation for a job well done is a rarity in today’s world, but it’s an essential part of being a manager. Also, when he takes the blame for something gone wrong, he should reassure his team that it’s not the end of the world and that they can see it through by concentrating on their work and avoiding the same mistake again.
A guy who just gives orders and sits around while all the actual work is done by others does not make a good manager. A manager needs to understand the quality of work put in to get the job done. He should be involved in his projects and give feedback when he can. A team won’t feel like they’re actually being managed if their manager only comes in to ask ‘What’s Happening’ once a month. Take control of your project and stand as a pillar of strength for your team.
“Practice as you preach,” they always say. A manager can’t give an instruction and then not follow the same himself. That’s like an atheist preaching at a church about God. Set an example to the people around you. This is also noticed by higher management by the way, so don’t think you’re the ‘Big Kahuna’ in the office. Every small step will help build your reputation, but the ones who matter the most are always your team.
Managers can be intolerable when they don’t give clear instructions. Asking your subordinate to do something should come with a clear goal in mind, not just for the sake of doing something. The work your team puts in should bear some fruit. If not, it will only make the work environment more difficult. Teammates putting in man-hours to do something that isn’t necessary appears as a black mark, both from the team and higher management. And if more than one manager is working with the same team, make sure the instructions you give don’t contradict the others. Sit down with your colleague and discuss these things before meeting with the team.
I know there’s the concept of a corporate ‘ladder’ and the higher up you are, the more glamorous your role. But none of the employees should feel like they’re being discriminated against. As a manager, it’s your duty to make them feel the same. Share your workload equally, give everyone a sense of belonging, make small talk with them and make them feel at home, welcome. That feeling of uneasiness when coming to work is really hard to fight, so it’s best if your team doesn’t feel like that at all. If you don’t follow this, your team is not going to like you.
The biggest mistake a manager can make is demanding respect. You may be a manager of over 20 years’ experience, but to a fresher or a new team mate, you’re just a manager. Your credentials don’t mean anything to him. His understanding of you will be through the above mentioned points. Demanding respect will only damage your image in their minds even more. Try being a good manager, one they’ll look up to as a role model. Earn that respect if you want it so badly. That’ll make a lasting impression on everybody.
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