Have you tried to prove yourself as a good manager? Do you sometimes feel you need to get the best out of your position and those working with you?
Here are 7 tips on how you can exploit your subordinates’ and your own potential to the fullest.
• Discover your employees’ strengths It’s very important to know when people are clearly enjoying what they’re doing. Their talents, their values, their hard work, their interests, their distractions, everything plays an important role in assessing an employees strengths and what are they more likely to do better. This way, they could enjoy the work they do for the mutual benefit of the employee and the organisation.
• Offer guidance for their development All the work assigned to the employees should regularly be checked, and any guidance sought should be offered to them. The employees should be focused more on their strengths, and on developing them. It is the duty of the manager to check on it and offer help as and when required for development. If they had the opportunity to do what they do best each day, what would they be doing more of? What development support, on-the-job experiences, coaching or training, off the job trainings might they need to develop these strengths further? These are some important things you should keep in mind for their overall developments based on their strengths.
• Give strength-based feedback – You should look at how your employees are using their strengths for their duties. Tell them when you’re proud of good results that you get after they apply their strengths. Help them to understand when they’re overplaying a strength and how to dial it back in these moments. Encourage them to stop underplaying specific strengths when you see them hesitating or holding themselves back. Your feedbacks play a crucial role in their development.
• Set Clear expectations – The outcome of work, from every input should be pre planned and well defined. Every employee under you must know what is expected out of their work in a defined time period. If this is not clearly defined and agreed upon both ways, there will be lots of confusion when the deadline comes, the atmosphere in the work place would prove to be against benefits and you’ll find unhappy faces and blame games all over the place. This is why it’s very important to discuss in detail with the whole team and clarify wherever needed.
• Identify Uniqueness – Great Managers try to learn what is that one thing which is unique about every employee and work on it. They tend to use the unique factor for the benefit of the organisation.Everyone is good at something. It helps improve the over all productivity in work place with satisfaction. Such identification works wonders if done with each and every employee in any environment.
• Appreciate Subordinates – Some managers are quite reluctant to appreciate their subordinates because they think it will make them overconfident and complacent. But, this is opposed to what is the ideal way of treating and behaving with subordinates. For development and confidence boost, they need appreciation, recognition and appraisal from time to time when they do work that demands these. Everybody likes to get appreciated for the things that they do.Excellence needs praise. Great Managers never make it too late to appreciate.
• Care about subordinates – If you are a manager, you need to take care of people you’re managing. Sometimes, your employees might have certain personal problems coming in the way of organizational duties, you need to care for them, and understand the circumstances through which they are going. They might need an extra leave, they might need your inspirational and motivational words when they are morally down, they might need a boost when things are not going on well and so on.If you prove to be a good manager in this respect, so will they turn out to be good employees.
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