As a manager, you may feel your only opportunity to learn is by making mistakes. Most managers haven’t received enough support in the first years of their career. You’ll be responsible for many projects and need to resolve many problems arising daily. Practising your managerial skills is necessary to carry out tasks efficiently. This guide offers a few tips on how to do it.
Start with Managing Your Time
You simply can’t afford to be caught up in the details of every project. Make improving planning and time-management your priority, because without it, you won’t find the time to be a better manager. You need to consciously switch your focus from working on the project to coordinating the project. Value your time and use it to better fulfil your role. Make sure you can book some time for planning long-term strategy, reflection on your and your team’s performance, or building connections with members of your team.
Don’t Shy Away from Self-Development
It takes work to be a good manager. You will develop on a professional, personal and emotional level. You will need to communicate better, trust your employees but also oversee their work. It will change the way people perceive you and put you on the spot. Use every opportunity to get some support. You may find that an online business management course is useful in managing your doubts. Alternatively, you may contact a business coach or other managers from different companies for a friendly talk.
Make Reflection Your Habit
There’s research that shows that managers who take the time to reflect on their team’s work and their own performance, do better. Don’t mistake it with thinking before making an important decision or reading a report summarizing the team’s performance. It’s more about planning your agenda so that you have 2 hours of free, uninterrupted time to analyse your current strategies and problems. The regularity of reflection is vital, because in the hurricane of events, it’s easy to overlook the first signs of arising problems.
Involve Your Employees in Your Actions
Managing can be a lonely path. Try to diminish the distance between you and your team. Ask them about their work and appreciate what they do. Listen to their comments and allow for their initiative. On the other hand, don’t be a closed book. Involve them in your challenges. Show them the bigger picture of projects in the company. Occasionally, show your human, vulnerable side.
Build a Team that Will Stay
Don’t underestimate the value of a good employee. The most talented people can leave your company for a higher salary or new challenges if you’re not paying what they’re worth. But, it’s not only about the money. Provide opportunities for growth, new responsibilities, and appreciate their work.
Taking your managerial skills to a next level is a continuous process that never seems to stop. It’s an exciting adventure that can bring satisfaction and a sense of achievement. It’s important to stay authentic and face challenges head-on.