Ask the average manager how they view themselves as a leader and you can bet that the overwhelming majority will believe that they are as close to perfect as it gets. Ask the people that they are in charge of what they think of their manager and the chances are you will not find very many who hold that same lofty opinion. It’s fine to be confident in your skills as a manager and leader, but when you stop spotting your flaws and weaknesses, you run the risk of losing the trust and confidence of the people you are in charge of.
Here are some things to ponder as you head in 2016 – to become a better and more effective manager.
The fact of the matter is that it is the employees in your charge who are the best judges of your managerial character, as they get to see it daily through an unfiltered lens. You may be so caught up with all the things that you are juggling in your managerial position that you start to lose sight of the way in which you treat your employees.
Put it this way — when an employee comes to you with an idea or suggestion for doing something differently, do you listen and seriously consider what they are saying, or do you dismiss them and move on with the status quo? Think of the last few times a staff member made a suggestion. What did you do with that information? If your answer is the latter of the two, you may need to evaluate your management style. If you haven’t heard from your staff in a while in regards to suggestions, perhaps it’s time to solicit some ideas!
Do you listen to your employees and respect their ideas?
When employees start to feel as though you are not cognizant of their needs and are uninterested in their ideas, they will start to turn against you. This can lead to a drop in productivity, as well as the possibility of having a group of people who fear to say anything to you for fear that they may be sent packing for saying the wrong thing. Obviously, not every idea that they bring to the table is going to be one that can be employed, but at the very least you need to maintain an open door policy that allows them freedom to express those thoughts and ideas.
Being a better manager in 2016
Your current managerial style may be something that is perceived well in one place, but frowned upon by employees in another. If you do not listen to what they are telling you when they speak, you will be unable to adjust your style to fit with the group that you are currently in charge of. It’s worth remembering that employees want to feel as though they are delivering value to the company, as that makes them feel needed. If you consistently shut them out, you run the risk of losing good people who will then move on to another company that they feel does not take them for granted.
Good people leaving affects the morale of the entire group, and will lead to them all viewing you in a less than positive light. Really listen to what your employees have to say, and let them know that their voices are heard. They will reward you with hard work, great ideas, and a higher level of productivity.