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There’s no recipe to becoming an excellent manager, but there are quite a few management styles anyone can follow to make sure your employees respect and listen to you.

Managers can be loud, quiet, introverted, calm, excited. These personality traits are not factors that will decide whether or not someone can lead a team, and according to Forbes, there are 4 important things the best managers in the world do and don’t.

Be strategic

A good manager will always keep the well-being of their business in mind, whilst ensuring that all the activities that are going on in the office are in line with the company culture, by implementing a good strategy and process. It’s also important for a leader to make sure the rest of the team understands the business as it is, and to make sure everyone is working towards the same goal: success. Collaboration is one of the most important aspects of a successful company.

As well as being strategic regarding your business, a good manager will also focus on their employees’ progress and value; something that will always benefit the company as a whole. Effective managers have to be growth-oriented and take the time for employee development, which brings us to the subject of how important time management is.

Be consistent

People, especially in the workplace, like transparency and good communication with their managers, but they also like predictability. Some managers can be really tough, but as long as all colleagues know they’re tough, that will decrease the chances of a surprise. Knowing what to expect at work is very important, and erratic behaviour from a manager can truly be a cause for an employee to be unhappy and stressed out.

Make time

Taking the time to catch up with your employees is one of the most important aspects of being a good manager. The best managers will treat their employees’ time as if it was their own; which will not only earn their trust, but also their respect. It will show that you value your employees as individuals, a feeling that will most likely end up being mutual. But make sure you treat everyone equally, and avoid picking any favourites.

While it’s very common for any employee to enjoy working alongside certain people rather than others, any favouritism behaviour at work should highly be resisted.  Summer Salomonsen, chief learning officer at Grovo, suggested delegating and coaching tasks, encouraging communication and feedback through regular one-on-one meetings, and prioritizing trust amongst the team.

Set goals

All employees need to be stimulated and busy at work. Nobody goes to work looking forward to sit at a desk and not achieve anything. Which is why it’s crucial for managers to give their employees clear tasks and goals. You should try and set specific and measurable plans with each employee, and analyse their progress with them as the year goes.

Although running a company is undoubtably a  serious  thing, it still is important for managers to remember to have some fun. So when you set these goals, make sure they’re doable ones that will give your employees a challenge, but also keep their energy going. Let’s face it, we love the saying work hard and play hard, so make sure your employees know that!

All in all, a good manager depends on the trust you are able to create with your employees, and making sure you are fair, honest and accessible. What are your thoughts on being a good manager? We would love to know what you think in the comments below.

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