Being an effective manager takes a few skills which can be developed over time. Usually, those who find themselves in leadership positions often display certain characteristics which become predominant with experience.
There are certain qualities which an effective manager should have in order to direct people towards organizational goals. These are:
Creative Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution: In any challenge, problems will arise when trying to meet goals whether small or large. Being able to think of solutions to overcome obstacles either through team brainstorming sessions or helping two people work together, flexibility and creativity can be great tools.
Organizational Skills: Goals can not be reached without getting things in order. This means a good manager can prioritize and help develop small goals to reach a larger task. Knowing how to work with others to assign duties, break down big jobs into small chunks for team members as well as setting realistic deadlines is important to getting things done.
Effective Communication: Whether you’re working with volunteers or leading a company project, communication is extremely important. Another aspect of good communication is being able to deliver bad news and deal with the consequences whether talking to superiors or staff members.
Motivational: Many managers use positive reinforcement techniques with evaluation skills to help people reach goals. Rewarding staff members for accomplishments through finding out what triggers them to work can be in the form of raises, certificate programs, awards and special events. Creating team spirit can be a great motivator for completing company projects.
Knowledge: Most people think a manager needs to know every aspect of every job which goes into a project. It’s more important to know what elements go into making a project work and then hiring the right people to get the job done. Knowing your limitations can also be a great tool for a good manager.
Evaluation: Looking at the project, team members and self without blinders is a key which many managers are not able to do objectively. Giving solid evaluations leading people to become better at their jobs can be motivators. Good managers understand some team members need a lot of improvement. Taking negative areas and breaking them down into small steps helps people feel they are appreciated leading them towards improving. Using the “Sandwich Method” to evaluation is the best way to get people to improve.
Effective management means using skills aquired through experience to reach project goals.