14 Concepts For New Managers Reflective Management

There are a lot of books and articles about “how to be a manager”.  Being an effective manager doesn’t have to be a complex topic.  Keeping a few concepts in your head and applying them over and over again can help you develop as a manager every day.

1. Health

Look after yourself physically and emotionally. Health is the platform for your success.

2. Success

Making your team successful makes you successful, not the other way around.

3. Direction

Talk about why you’re all heading where you’re heading, and what it looks like when you get there. Do this a lot.

4. Belief

People will only believe what you say, if you believe what you say.

5. Changing Direction

Changing your mind is OK, but be able to explain why (see 3).

6. Words

The more senior you get as a manager, the more impact your words have. Choose them carefully.

7. Actions

Keep your actions consistent with your words, what you do is what your team does

8. Delegate

You don’t need to know everything and solve every problem.

9. Consult

If you don’t know what your team thinks on an important topic, ask then listen.

10. Dictate (Sparingly)

Occasionally you have to tell the team exactly what needs to be done, when and how. But don’t make a habit of it.

11. Make Mistakes

Be willing to admit when you’ve made a mistake or a bad decision and make it OK for others to do the same.

12. Stretch People

Know the limits of everyone on your team and stretch them.

13. Praise

Pass praise onto your team, not criticism.

14. Coach

Celebrate amazing achievements and coach poor performance.

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