Few things are more detrimental to a company than poor management. Take a flourishing company, infect it with people who lack knowledge, passion, and leadership capabilities, and you can watch your hard work go down the drain. Managers are responsible for ensuring that company goals are met, that resources are used efficiently, and that his or her team is committed to carrying out the overall vision of the establishment.
Management fails when managers only assume the role of controller; the best managers have the ability to lead. They set the standard for performance through their own work ethic. Leaders harness the individual strengths of their team and fortify weaknesses. They don’t just have subordinates who obey; they have followers who commit. Leaders prime the work environment for growth by conveying an expectation that the entire team is both responsible for and capable of a job well done.
Many managers have not worked in the position that they oversee; thus it is imperative that managers take a proactive approach to attaining the knowledge necessary to survey performance effectively. Managers often find themselves entangled in a superiority contest and refuse to ask questions. But team members find it hard to trust managers who exhibit incomplete knowledge. On the other hand, they usually respect managers who show interest in learning the details of the daily grind.
Communication is an exchange of information; not just a regurgitation of the message you want to convey. It requires the ability to talk with others and genuinely listen to their thoughts as well. Good communication is just as essential to team building as it is to maintaining order and carrying out disciplinary actions. Learning to balance the pendulum of tact and firmness goes a long way.
Passionate managers show enthusiasm. They have an infectious personality that exudes positive energy throughout the workplace. Their drive rallies participation and support for the work of the organization. Managing with passion doesn’t necessarily require being animated and bubbly. But having a strong desire to move the company forward must be demonstrated and communicated zealously.
Having managers with vision means that he or she is able to see the future success of the company or a given project. Managers then make decisions based on the big picture. Visionaries are willing to spend ample time assessing the current condition, gauging outcomes, developing an action plan, and evaluating results.