9 habits of highly effective Managers

If you’re looking to improve your management skills then you’ve come to the right place. This blog introduces 9 habits of highly effective managers in a succinct, easy to digest format. Read it today and refer back to it whenever you need a refresher. 

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1. Take ownership. Successful Managers take ownership of all situations within their remit. You will never hear a good manager say “that’s not my fault”. If you start to do that, other people in your team will feel like they can say the same thing.

Be accountable for the situations and tasks that involve you. If you can help others with theirs, even better.

2. Set high standards. Effective Managers always set high standards from day one. If you set high standards it will give you a reputation as a manager who will settle for nothing less than the best. Always remember this – if you lower the standards at the start it’s so hard to raise them further down the line. 

So always take pride in what you do and set high standards so your team will follow and take pride in their work too.

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3. Continuously improve. Highly effective managers always look to improve, they believe they are never the finished article and will never think “I’ve reached the pinnacle” always look to improve. You can read or enrol on training courses etc. 

4. Listen. Great managers listen more than they speak “that’s why God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth”. Listening gives you more time to think as you gain information and knowledge. Just because you are a manager doesn’t mean you have to be the loudest and proudest. 

5. Show respect for your team. Great managers will treat people with respect but will command respect too. Learn this early on and build relationships with your team members, contractors, stakeholders, and managers so you have a solid support network around you when it is needed.

If something goes wrong right now, do you have people you can call upon? 

6. Do nothing. Sometimes Managers do nothing. You don’t always have to make a decision. There is power in the words “let’s wait and see” so whenever something happens at work learn to develop the habit of asking yourself “do I need to make a decision right now” or can you wait to see how things unfold first? 

Try not to make a decision in the heat of the moment unless absolutely necessary. 

7. Work on the important things. Master the art of filtering. You will have information coming all the time and you have a team to look after so try drawing up a list of things you really need to do and prioritise and number them from most urgent to things that can wait.

Do them all to a very high standard and then work through them in order.

8. Get to know your team. Find out what your team’s strengths and weaknesses are. When you know what they enjoy doing you can delegate work more effectively and when you know their weaknesses you can help them to improve through training, coaching and mentoring. 

That will help them feel valued and appreciated. Find out their aspirations, some people want to go to do a good day’s work and go home to their family and that’s fine, others want to progress into management and beyond. Always praise people when they do good work. Don’t get into the habit of doing it all the time, find the balance… or people will get demotivated or complacent. 

Provide honest feedback and they will respect you for it. 

9. Control your emotions. Make decisions based on facts not on emotion. It’s very easy to make a snap decision at a particular time, you could experience difficulties with all sorts of things in the workplace such as suppliers or even another manager. It’s easy to send the wrong kind of email in the heat of the moment. Assess how you feel and consider sleeping on it. Many a poor decision is made in the heat of the moment. 

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