There are many characteristics of an Effective Manager, and just as there are many different types of managers, each with a unique style, there is not one formula, list, or book that you can go to that will definitively define the role of a manager along with the characteristics of being an effective manager. However, that should not stop us from seeking more information on how to become more effective and how to improve our managerial skills, and with that in mind, I have outlined the characteristics that I feel are important to be an effective manager. I have also included a number of links within each characteristic which reference additional material on each topic.I started with the Role of the Manager, and move onto the characteristics that I feel help shape an effective manager
The role of a manager is different from company to company and position to position. In most cases the manager has a group of employees to direct, in pursuit of organizational based goals. As a manager you have multiple priorities and areas of focus, and depending on the position, the requirements and the industry, the one difference is areas of focus. While managers have to deal with all priorities across multiple areas of focus, many managers focus more on strategy and business matters, while others focus more on process and projects and others focus more on their people and team-building.
You see this focus when you read different thoughts, viewpoints and opinions on managing. In my current role, more of my focus has been on the people and team-building aspects as well as the process and project priorities. That does not mean that I do not focus or work on strategy and business issues, it means that team-building, process and project management had been my focus for a while and has been more of a priority than strategy and business issues.
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6 Characteristics of an Effective Manager:
1) Be a Leader and Lead by Example
Actions speak louder than words. Managers may rule, but leaders are followed. You need to demonstrate that you are a leader by your actions, which will help you to build influence.
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2) Effective Communications
These days, Effective Communications is a business requirement, and without strong effective communication, management becomes difficult or impossible.
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3) Provide Feedback
Managers need to provide both positive and negative feedback, focusing on actions and behaviors. Always stick to the facts and observed behaviors when delivering feedback.
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4) Be Fair
Managers need to be fair when establishing rules and processes.
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5) Be positive, Negativity Kills
As a manager, you need to be a positive influence. Everyone, especially team members, watch you and take their cues from you, so be honest and positive. Negative comments are a reflection on you and your team, so if you do not have something good to say then do not say anything.
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6) Promote Teamwork
Teamwork is about working together as a team. Factors the help or hinder teamwork are communication, trust, commitment and change. Managers need to understand these factors within each group, and provide both positive and negative feedback to team members in order to maintain and improve teamwork.
Here are some other viewpoints on Promoting Teamwork ....