Being a good manager is an innate skill and one that separates the best from the mediocre. It doesn’t matter whether you know the ins and outs of your specific business; an effective manager can adapt their approach to deliver the best management style for  whatever business they are working in.

In a Forbes article, management expert Victor Lipman says, “One of the most fundamental things a manager can do to get others to work their hardest is easy: treat others as you’d wish to be treated yourself.”

However, a research in human behaviour shows that business leaders would be better served by responding to staff likes, dislikes and unique personal characteristics than to simply follow Lipman’s advice, and that by treating people the way we want to be treated, we could be treating them inappropriately.

Effective management is about treating people the way “they” want to be treated.

It also involves developing the following skills:

  • Prioritising effectively
  • Overcoming time stealers
  • Setting expectations for work and behaviour
  • Giving feedback – positive and constructive
  • Delegating effectively

Part of becoming an effective manager is to understand what motivates and demotivates people and then dealing with those who are demotivated.

It is worth remembering that you can’t motivate anyone to do something they don’t want to, but instead you need to create the conditions for people to motivate themselves.

Managers have the opportunity to lead, mentor and motivate others. BC Training run courses to ensure that you, or a member of your staff, can become an effective manager and this will ultimately lead to your company’s overall success.