A manager is often the make-or-break element in a team’s success. If you want to get the most out of your team, then you need to get the most out of yourself as a manager. Read on to learn four simple things you can do to become a more effective manager.
Stop Making Excuses for Yourself
Never excuse your own bad behavior by giving excuses like, “that’s just who I am” or “I was just born that way.” Instead of saying that you can’t change who you are, reframe these behaviours as impediments to the success of your team. Instead of thinking of these behaviours as inherent character traits, try to see them as challenges to overcome for greater success.
Give Yourself a Weekly Review
Take sometime every week to sit by yourself and go over recent important events with yourself. Examine the successes, the failures, missed opportunities the observations you made of other people’s behaviours. Think about how you reacted to all of these things, and how you shaped the way these events turned out. Think of where you might have done things better. No matter how busy you are, never skip this weekly self review. It is an essential part of being a good leader.
When you multitask, you get mediocre results. When you only put a little attention into a lot of things, you don’t do any of them well. You need to identify the most important tasks, the ones with the most value, and focus first on those. Delegate the less important tasks, if you can’t just put them off until later. Encourage your team members to do the same.
Set efficient Schedules
Break your team’s projects into parts. Schedule the longest parts for the beginning of the project. Make each part shorter than the previous one. This will help keep team morale high, and prevent them from running out of steam toward the end of the project.
You should also group similar tasks together to be done at the same time. This way, you can build up a good momentum and get them completed more quickly.
Success starts at the top. Stay focused, stay organized, and don’t make excuses for yourself. Make sure that you are part of the solution, not part of the problem.