Behind every successful business are people who know how to manage the human and physical assets they have on hand. They are effective managers who grow their businesses while keeping employee turnover and material costs low. As one who has been managed by and has also managed others, I’ve observed that the most effective managers are those who demonstrate the following qualities:
1. Excellent communication skills. Effective managers know how to communicate work objectives, deadlines etc. to their employees in a straightforward manner. They ask for feedback from employees to verify that the information they have shared with them has been properly understood. They follow up on projects to make sure that all employees are on the same page with regards to the company goals. They constantly work to keep lines of communication open. Trust builds between these managers and their people because the people are never “left in the dark”. The employees always know where they stand.
2. Lead by example. Effective managers don’t expect their people to do anything they wouldn’t do themselves. They earn the trust of their employees by following the same rules they expect their employees to follow. They show what it means to be an exemplary employee by actually being one! Managers who lead by example don’t demand respect; they earn it by showing respect to their employees first.
3. Ability to create a motivating environment. Successful managers know how to set their employees up for success. They do this from the very beginning by hiring the right people for the tasks at hand. They then give these folks the support that is needed for them to perform their jobs (for example, training, time, workspace, etc.). They don’t fail to recognize their employees for a job well done.
4. Proficient time management skills. Effective managers understand the importance of getting work completed in the most efficient manner possible. They live by the old adage “time is money”! They know that their human and material resources are valuable and treat them as such. These managers do not hold meaningless meetings nor do they condone “busy work”! They are able to manage all aspects of their business in such a timely manner that waste of employee and physical assets is mitigated as much as possible.
5. Superb organizational skills. Successful managers know exactly what resources they have on hand and organize these resources in the best way possible to ensure the success of the business.