11 Qualities Of Good Management

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Written By Kevin

The insights I gained over the years help me lead and motivate teams to achieve business and operational goals. Allow me to share my learnings with you.

There are various ways to be an effective manager at work, however, history teaches us that there are certain common qualities of good management that most successful managers share.

In this article I will go through 11 habits of highly effective managers. 

So, if you are either applying to become a manager, or if you are already in a management position but want to improve your skills and qualities, you might want to read on.

Now as time goes by, you are going to develop strong habits that will make your life as a manager much easier and the aim of this article is to outline the most important habits you need to have in your repertoire as a business manager.

So let’s get into these 11 highly effective habits and qualities of good management. 

1. Always Take Ownership 

Successful managers always take ownership in all situations within their remit. You will never hear an effective manager say ‘that’s not my fault’ or ‘that’s not my team’s fault’. They will take ownership of all situations, and once you start to do that other people in your team will follow suit. 

Your team members will also start taking ownership of their responsibilities, and you will see that very quickly you team will start to be much more productive.

2. Set High Standards

Effective managers always set high standards from the get-go. This is something I learned very early on in my career. 

If you set high standards, you get a reputation of a manager who will not settle for anything but the best. You should inform your team, from the start, that you are going to set very high standards and stick with them.

Remember that if you lower the standards in the beginning, it’s much harder to raise them later on. 

Always take pride in what you do and set high standards. This will rub on to your team members, who in turn, will take pride in their work and develop their own habits of setting high standards for their tasks.

3. Always be Improving Yourself

Highly effective managers always look to improve and they never think to themselves that I have reached the pinnacle of my career.

You should always look for ways to improve, and this includes reading business books, attending training courses, and keeping updated with new management concepts and techniques.

Remember, once you stop learning you will become outdated. The millennial generation will become the largest part of the workforce in the coming years, and you need to always be adapting your management skills to take into consideration how best to manage different types of workers.

4. Listen More 

This is a very important one. Great managers listen more than they speak.

Now listening to people gives you more time to analyse the situation and consider your options before replying or taking action. 

When you take the time to listen, you are gaining more information. Listening gives you knowledge, which gives you power. 

So always listen more than you speak. Just because you are a manager does not mean that you have to be the person who is the most vocal in the room.

5. Build a Support Network

Great managers realize the importance of building a support network around them. 

Effective managers will treat people with respect but they will command respect to and you should learn this early on in your managerial career.

You should always try to build good relationships with people around you. Build relationships with your team members, build professional relationships with contractors, suppliers, stakeholders, and also other managers in your organization so that you have a solid support network around you when it is needed. 

Just like you need people in your personal life you can call upon, if something goes wrong, it’s the same in your business life. 

As a manager, if something goes wrong you need people to call upon and you might even need to call in favors at times. So always be nice to people on the way up because you might need them when things are going wrong. 

6. Sometimes Do Nothing

Highly effective managers don’t always have to make a decision. As managers. Most of us think we must make decisions all the time, and this is absolutely not true.

There is power in the words ‘let’s wait and see what happens’. 

So, as a manager, develop the habit of asking yourself this question ‘Do i have to make a decision right now?’ 

By waiting, sometimes, you might gain more information about the situation that will help you make a better decision.

It goes without saying that there will be lots of times where you have to make decisions straight away, of course, but there will be quite a few situations where you can wait and see what happens and not make decisions in the heat of the moment.

7. Master Time Management

Good managers master the art of time management. 

As managers we have information and responsibilities coming at us all the time. 

Draw up a list of things you really need to do during that particular week or that particular day and prioritize the most urgent and the most important tasks. Do these to a very high standard and the rest can wait.

8. Get to Know Your Team

It does not matter how big or small your team is, get to know your team members, and the employees you are responsible for.

It’s important to speak to your team members and engage with them. This will help you create a bond with them and understand what their strengths and weaknesses are. 

This will help you allocate tasks to them more effectively. If you know your team members, you know who to delegate to, and more importantly you know their weaknesses. 

If you know their weaknesses you can help them to improve. You can send them on appropriate training courses or you can even coach and mentor them yourselves and they will feel valued and appreciate it. 

By talking and connecting with your team members you can find out what their career aspirations are. Some people in your team will just want to come to work, do their job and go home and there’s nothing wrong with that. 

Others, in your team, will have high career aspirations, and you need to know who these are, so you can help them to develop. 

Also, make sure you praise people when they do good work and provide honest feedback. They will appreciate it, and this will help them to develop further.  

9. Seek Feedback

Habot number nine of highly effective managers, is that they seek feedback themselves. These managers are not afraid to ask for feedback, but once they receive the feedback they then analyze which parts are useful and which parts are not.

Just because somebody gives you feedback does not mean to say you have to take it on board. Use feedback to your advantage. 

So try and ask for feedback regularly, especially if you are unsure about how you tackled particular situations. 

10. Make Decisions Based on Facts

A highly effective manager always makes decisions based on facts and not emotion.

It’s very easy to make decisions based on emotion, especially if feelings are strong at that particular time. So, for example, if you get into conflict with another manager, or you experience difficulties with a contractor or a supplier, it’s very easy to say the wrong thing or fire off the wrong email in the heat of the moment.

It’s always good to take a step back, and a few deep breaths, then ask yourself; ‘do i have to do something straight away or can i wait?’,  ‘am i feeling emotional at the moment, am i feeling angry or frustrated?’ 

Many poor decisions are based on emotion, or what I like to call ‘in-the-situation-thinking’.

Avoid these at all costs. Take note of the facts of what’s happening around you and then make your decision based on these, when you’re in a sensible state of mind.

11. Get a Mentor

Even managers and leaders ought to have a mentor or some other form of support system.

There may be someone in your organization who can assist you, but you should always strive to find a mentor who is more experienced than you and who can help you through challenging circumstances.

Most Important Qualities of Good Management

As a manager, you play a critical role in your organization. You are responsible for leading and motivating teams, overseeing projects, and ensuring that work is completed efficiently and effectively. 

In order to be successful, you must develop certain habits that will help you thrive in their roles.

The 11 habits outlined above will give you an advantage and make your life easier. If you had to ask me which of these are the most important qualities of good management, I would say, start by mastering time management, listening and communicating with your team, and practice logical thinking under pressure. 

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