How to Be a Better Manager in 2016

By Charlie Knight |


When you work in management, you have a duty to make sure that you lead and inspire people. There are many managers out there who do neither of these things. Instead, they fail to do anything that drives their team forward. When it comes down to it, you are the only person who can change your management style. Everyone has areas in which they can improve. If you think you're at the top of your game, you're wrong. There are yet more things you can do that will enhance your skills. Here is how you can be a better manager in 2016.

Set goals for your staff and yourself

Without specific objectives, there is no way you can progress at all. After all, when you lack direction, it can be hard to work. Both you and your team need to have targets. As the manager, you are the person who needs to set these goals for everyone. It is crucial that you are on the same page as everyone else. You should have individual meetings with people to see what they want from their career. Once you know that gem of information, you can set appropriate goals for them.

Develop your imaginative side

When you are a leader, you need to come up with new ideas all the time. In short, you ought to be an innovative person. If you don't have an imaginative character, you will struggle with this part of the role. That means that you will find it hard to move the team forward and come up with new strategies. Flex your imaginative muscle now and then. When you start to think outside the box, nothing can hold you back. Remember that fact and you should have no issues.

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Enhance your people skills

Managers deal with people every single day. Your interpersonal skills should be top-notch. After all, it is your job to inspire people and help them with their work. If your people skills lack that certain something, it's time to make some changes. You need to have empathy so that you can be an excellent manager. When someone finds their role frustrating, you need to understand why that is. All too often, managers think that they are above their staff. When their team members have a complaint, they ignore it and brush it off. That is a sure fire way to lose employees.

Communicate in a clear way

When you tell your staff what to do, you need to make sure that things are as clear as possible. You expect your staff to do their job to the best of their ability. That is fair enough. If you don't give them the right information, though, you are culpable for any issues they have. As a manager, you should be the one to guide people along the way. You need to ensure that they have all they need to do their job. If you fail in this area, you are failing yourself as much as anyone else.

Host informative meetings

Of course, every manager holds meetings now and then. To avoid wasting too much time, you need to ensure that your meetings are as informative as possible. You don't want to repeat the same conversation with people over and over again. When you do so, you waste precious company time. Instead, you should get your point across in the initial meeting. Ensure that you have an agenda and stick to it. That way, you can be confident that you will cover everything.

Improve your time-keeping

Do you waste time? If you let time slip away from you during the day, you have a problem. The best thing you can do for yourself is improve your time-keeping skills. When you have perfected this art, you can show your team how to do the same. Remember, you never want anyone to waste time when they are at work. That is why this point is so crucial to your success.

Try some team building activities

Do your team work well together? Many people overlook this problem, but it can cause lots of issues in the future. You need to ensure that every person in your team understands their place. If they don't cooperate with one another, you will not get the results you need from them. If there are any social issues within the team, you need to nip them in the bud sooner rather than later. When you address these problems, you will find that everything runs smoothly.

Get to know your team

While we are on the subject of your team, how well do you know them? You need to know all there is to know about these people. You should talk to them about their career goals and what they hope to achieve. The last thing you want is to be an elusive manager. No one will like or respect you if you are that person. Instead, you should do everything you can to make a genuine connection with your staff. When you reach out to them, you will see that it makes every part of your role easier than it is now. 

Lead by example

Your employees look to you when it comes to inspiration. If you want to be the best manager you can be, you need to lead by example. Show people how you would like them to work. When your team see the effort you put into your role; they are sure to do the same. If your staff members see that your heart is not in the role, they will feel the same. Leading by example is the greatest way to show that you are an excellent manager.

So, are you ready to enhance your management style? This journey will not be an easy one, but it is certain to be worth it. When you improve your skills, you will get better results from your team than ever. In time, these small changes will mean big things for you and your company. Start today and see where you can improve.

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Charlie Knight

Written by Charlie Knight

Charlie has 3 years experience in digital marketing, helping B2B technology companies grow their businesses through inbound marketing before joining Vine Resources as Content Marketing Manager. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys travelling and the great outdoors, and he recently hiked from Mexico to Canada for charity.