Running multiple facets of an operation--especially when so many people are involved--is never an easy task. While we all might think that we have the capacity to be great managers, at the end of the day, it takes a lot of knowledge to manage a whole staff efficiently and effectively.
Here are 9 things that every great manager knows--read on to see if you can implement them while leading, both at work and in your everyday life.
1. It's all about people
Many people think managing is about accomplishing tasks rather than working with other people. Sure, accomplishing tasks is why we work, but great mangers know that their people come first. Otherwise, morale would be too low for any good to get done.
2. Lead by example
The best way to hold people accountable is simply by showing others that you consistently hold yourself accountable to those standards yourself. If you set yourself up as the positive example for the rest of your staff, they'll do as you do.
3. Patience is key
Sometimes, we can grow frustrated with the way things look today. But in dynamic business settings, stagnancy is the last thing we ever need to worry about. Good leaders know to just wait--good things will come tomorrow.
4. Common sense is also key
While overthinking things can occasionally lead to good analysis, the best thing we can do when making decisions is to follow our intuition. After all, there's a reason people have gotten so far following nothing but their common sense.
5. Be wary of your rewards
Since employees will pursue what they think earns them rewards--whether that be increased benefits or a salary raise--pay careful attention to exactly what kind of behavior you're rewarding. Remember: You get what you reward.
6. Separate business from emotions
We all have consciences, friends, and emotions we often let weave their ways into our business dealings. Separating the two allows us to be more efficient--and also keep our relationships freer from bitterness.
7. It's also about collaboration
Great leaders know that managing others is not simply telling them what to do. Instead, it's about working with them, so that they feel like you're all in this together.
8. Know your customers
Understanding what your customers really want is extremely important, since that's the audience you're working for and they're the ones who pay the bills. Keep in mind what they value as you go on to shape the rest of your team's activities.
9. Have fun
Employees are always happiest when they're having fun. So, make sure to include that in the agenda, too. Believe it or not, work doesn't have to be boring or mind-numbing to be effective.