According to a study by Gallup
, one in every two people admitted to having left a job to get away from a bad manager. This shocking statistic got us thinking and asking some crucial questions such as -
does top management dictate what type of leadership style it wants managers to adopt or is managing people more of a personal style choice?
Are managers trained to motivate and empower their team?
Are newly appointed managers aware of the importance of their role and are they encouraged to communicate, connect and build trust with each and every individual in their department?
And ultimately, what are the qualities of a brilliant manager?
The Brilliant Manager
Brilliant managers build outstanding teams, they empower individuals to perform at their maximum potential, they inspire employees to develop their skills and be loyal to their brand. They are empathetic, they listen, and find ways to create a strong team spirit. They’re the first to roll up their sleeves, they lead by example, they celebrate even the smallest wins, they drive top performers to shatter personal goals, uplift team players who are going through tough times - in a nutshell cheer their team on unconditionally.
Peter Drucker, father of the modern management theory, believed that managers should, above all else, be leaders. Rather than setting strict hours and discouraging innovation, he opted for a more flexible, collaborative approach. Here are the secrets to implement Drucker’s management theory and become one of the most loved and more importantly, effective managers around.
4 steps to managerial brilliance
1. Delegate equal power across the board.
While it's important that employees respect you as their manager, they shouldn't feel that they're below you. Every worker should have the opportunity to speak up and share ideas with their team, whether it's during staff meetings or one-on-one conferences. Show your team that their opinions, thoughts and recommendations are valuable.
2. Encourage collaboration.
Collaboration is a crucial part of every business. Rather than fostering an environment where employees keep to themselves, urge your team to work together by sharing ideas, tips and guidance.
3. Increase efficiency.
To ensure you're continuing to prioritize productivity, utilize the concept of Management by Objectives (MBO), a process that calls for workers of all levels to work together to reach a common goal. Start off by reviewing goals, set objectives, monitor progress, evaluate performance and reward your employees. Furthermore, make sure that the goals you set are SMART (Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-related)
4. Boost innovation.
You want your team to be confident and willing to take risks. Create an innovative atmosphere and lead by example, showing your employees that mistakes are allowed. Inspire creativity, encourage that they think out of the box and you’ll quickly spark a new kind of positive energy in your office space.
What are YOUR tried and test management tips?
Being a manager is no easy task and requires sharpened instincts and a desire to help employees grow with an understanding of creating a win-win situation for the entire team. Do you have any tried and tested management tips or experiences you’d love to share to inspire the next generation of leaders? Drop us a line. We’d be more than happy to shine a light on your tips, techniques and secrets to becoming a manager that everyone wants to work for.
A message from our Founder
‘21st century managers are a special kind of leaders, a rare breed because they are the ones driving a company to reach set milestones. Just like a coach, they instil in their team a love for their brand, a passion to collaborate and build a relationship based on trust and transparently. They are crucial players in a business hierarchy and must continue to develop, invest in their personal training and stay constantly motivated and rewarded for nurturing a strong unbeatable team which strives to take the business to the next level of success - Katja Dingli Bennetti