Great management will make a business soar. Poor management will sink it. No business can survive and thrive without good managers.
Both entrepreneurs and those working in the corporate world will benefit from learning good management skills. These rules of effective management seem simple, but can make a dramatic difference in employees’ morale and productiveness.
This may be the most important rule of all. In order to be an effective manager, you must be consistent. Reward those behaviors that you want to encourage and discourage unwanted behaviors whenever they are observed. Use the same level-headed and calm attitude with each employee.
Communicate Clearly, Accurately and Thoroughly
If something can be misunderstood, it will be. Unless employees clearly understand what is expected, it won’t be delivered. Take the time to ensure that any communication will convey your message, whether it’s meeting or project updates, instructions or general information. This rule applies whether sending an email, making a phone call or speaking personally.
Make Teamwork a Goal
Set a goal for the team so that they are forced to work together.
Reward Exceptional Performance Publicly
While money is always nice, an adequate reward could be a small plaque or simply a verbal pat on the back. Public recognition serves two purposes: it makes the recipient feel valued and also demonstrates that hard work brings rewards. Be careful not to play favorites, however.
Set the Example You Want Others to Follow
If you want employees to arrive on time, be punctual yourself. If you lose your temper easily, so will they. Set yourself the goal of being what you wish each employee was.
Remember That Team Members are Individuals
Each team member has unique strengths and weaknesses, ideas and preferences. Keep this in mind when motivating employees. Develop customized approaches for each individual.
Lies and secrets will breed distrust. Remaining as transparent as possible about your goals and desires will build respect with the team and make you a more effective leader.
Encourage Ideas from Everyone
The more ideas, the better for the organization. If the ideas are terrible, never criticize them publicly. This will breed resentment and discourage others from sharing their opinions. Instead, listen carefully and ask questions. Encourage an open dialogue.
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