Are you the one others look up to?
Managing is not just about giving work-related directions to your team members, but also about training and supporting them, while providing them the opportunity and the environment to deliver their best.
When you recognize strengths and capabilities of your subordinates, you can assign responsibilities best suited for them. You also need to keep the team dynamics in mind. This helps individuals working under you acquire synergy. When a synchronized team works in a united way, the output is always as desired, or sometimes, even better. It’s a win-win situation for both. Your team members feel job satisfaction, while you get the assigned tasks accomplished efficiently.
Implementing these five principles in your administrative framework will help you manage better:
Establish clear standards
Your team must adhere to the core values of your organisation. A uniform set of standards need to be established and implemented. Be fair, be firm! Once you have clearly laid down reasonable standards, ensure complete compliance. You must lead by example. If you are tardy, you can’t expect your team to be punctual. Whatever be your expectations from the staff – demonstrate it, don’t merely state it. That is how you inspire your employees to act with commitment.
You must know the morale of your team members at all times. What if a professional or personal problem is affecting somebody’s efficiency at work? Always be open to hearing people from your staff. There might be a big issue in the making that could easily be resolved if addressed in time. There could be great solutions that could come through employee suggestions. You’re not omniscient.
Do not try to do it all by yourself. Do not try to micro-manage every step of the process. If your team members are competent for the job at hand, let them do it the way they know best. This not only leaves you with more time to invest in other critical aspects of your job, but also gives your subordinates the sense of dealing with a responsibility.
Stressing on the fact that you’re the boss and putting your team members down by bragging about yourself doesn’t add any value to the work. You want them to stretch and give their best shot in whatever task they undertake. Be modest and accommodating, and they will value you and your vision even more. Understand what motivates each team member, so you can guide their decisions towards the overall objectives of the company.
Share your knowledge and vision with your team. Your forthrightness will add credence to what you say. Boost the team morale when the chips are down. Inspire them with a common sense of purpose and camaraderie. When the entire team is on the same page, not only do the members do their own job well but also help others match up. Good communication on your part ensures that there are no misinterpretations of the team objectives, and everybody pulls together in one direction.
Reinforce these measures in your behavior. The consequent improvements of your team members will be highly rewarding for the efforts that you put in.