As a manager, you have a lot of hats to wear and plates to keep spinning all at once. These common management mistakes have been made by managers for decades, and you can save yourself having a disgruntled team by learning from their errors.
1.) Not Willing to Learn.
If you’re not willing to admit when you make a mistake or that you were wrong about something, you’re going to have a hard time being a good manager. It’s as simple as that. People are not going to respect you as a person or as a leader if you cannot say you were wrong and learn from your mistakes. You should be able to learn from those on your team with good ideas to make the organization stronger.
2.) Provide Feedback.
Before your employees sit down with you at their annual performance review, they are going to want to know what, specifically, your expectations are for their work. Providing regular, clear, and thorough feedback, both positive and negative, goes a long way toward helping you become a good manager.
3.) Balancing a Hands-Off Attitude and Micromanaging
You don’t want to overshadow your workers by telling them what they are going to accomplish and exactly how they’re going to do it. They will feel like you don’t trust them to do their jobs well.
You also don’t want to be so hands-off that you end up with a project done by your employees incorrectly because you didn’t check up on the project or make expectations clear from the outset about how the client wanted it done. Stay in regular communication with your employees, and make your expectations about results clear from the beginning.
4.) Not Growing Your Employees – or Yourself
Give your employees room to grow. Recognize their talents and skills, and provide coaching, mentoring, and professional development opportunities for them. Create an environment of innovation and an expectation that employees make suggestions and provide feedback to all levels of management. A culture of growth is something that helps organizations develop and individuals to hone their skills.
You also need to treat your managerial role as one that you need to constantly learn about. This means proactively investing in yourself professionally by reading leadership and management literature, going to conferences, and perhaps seeking mentorship from your superiors to learn how to do your job even better.
5.) Not Being Available to Your Team
Your employees need to know that you are available to guide them, to actively listen to their concerns, and to provide support if they need it. Block out some time from your schedule to listen to what they have to say. It’s easy to get wrapped up in what you need to do for your own work that you forget that you have to regularly communicate clearly and openly with your workers to ensure that they have the support they need to accomplish their own professional goals.
Take your management job seriously by working to create an environment where your employees feel valued and important to you. They need to know that they are essential parts of the team and that their contributions are needed. When you do, you will take an important step in gaining their respect and loyalty as their boss.
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