Managers play a very important role in organizations. They are the link between those who have the vision and those who make the vision come through, and they are the ones who help translate thoughts and plans into actions. Therefore, good leaders should possess many qualities that help them be successful in their job roles. In this post, we will list some of them:
Be open to change
Changes and uncertainties are very much a part of business, and if managers are afraid of change, they will achieve nothing. Managers should not just be open for change but also anticipate it and ensure that the organization is in a position to capitalize on the change. Acting as change agents, managers should make it an asset and a competitive advantage for the organization.
The difference between a leader and a follower is the same difference between one who is proactive and one who is reactive. Managers cannot afford to be reactive – they will have to be proactive in not just understanding the different trends that shape up the market but also take steps to ensure that the organization is in a place to take advantage of these trends. From performance management of their employees to building competence for the long run to laying out the goals and objectives that help the organization move towards success, the manager must be proactive in approach.
Delegate but empower
One of the mistakes that managers do is not delegating work to their employees. This is the case especially with those managers who have risen through the ranks internally, and when they feel that their employees now cannot do the work the same way they did they delegate less and take it upon themselves more. However, effective delegation is one of the most important qualities that a manager must possess. However, simple delegation will not always work. The manager who delegates must also ensure that the employees have the wherewithal to carry out the tasks. Also, there is no point in trying to get a square peg into a round hole. The managers must delegate the right tasks to the right people. All in all, effective empowerment and delegation are important qualities for a manager to possess.
Focusing on what more than how
Managers need to be visionaries, and as such, they should spend their time thinking more about the what than the how. It is not for the manager to get lost in the nitty-gritties – managers must ensure that their time is not spent in doing mundane tasks. For example, if there is a new project in the offing, managers must focus more on what should be done and what resources are required for the tasks to be done rather than on how to do each individual task.
A variety of leadership styles
There are a bunch of leadership styles we know from literature. Even though managers don’t consciously try to imbibe a style, they will have a style if only by default. Some leadership styles that we see every day are: Pace-setting leadership where the leader will be a leader by virtue of setting the pace, by doing things better than the others on the team (think of a sportsperson). Affiliative leader – one who affiliates himself or herself with the reports towards the goal of performing a task, and democratic leadership – where the leader takes into account the opinions of all the team members before making important decisions.
These leadership styles are not static but fluid. Different situations require the manager to don different roles and be different people. When deciding on the team goals and expectations, the manager can have a democratic style, but it won’t work when things have to be done in a hurry. Also, if the manager is an executor, it is better for the manager to be a pace-setter. Therefore, managers must not be rigid in their leadership styles but are able to seamlessly flit through all of them as the situation warrants.
Move from one level of leadership to another quickly
Managers often become leaders because of the virtue of their positions. Someone graduates from a prestigious college and is given the position of a manager at the organization. However, the leadership that comes with a position is on thin ice, and will not endear much to the employees. Leaders should not be happy with just the leadership that comes to them from position – it will not last for long, and will make their employees respect them less. Managers must move towards permission level soon, and look to develop people quickly.
That brings us to the last point in our discussion. Managers constantly move from one role to another, and in fact, many managers are told to find their own successors before they move. Managers should keep an eye on their successors and should try to develop people under them so that they can move up quickly.
Summary: Managers need to possess a host of good qualities if they are to contribute effectively to the growth of the organization. From being open to change and being proactive in their efforts, here are some of these qualities that they should possess.
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Rachel works for SutiSoft, Inc as a web content writer. Rachel covers business, technology and SaaS trends.