Guide For New Managers & Leaders : It is common practice to appoint a new department or school manager from the ranks of successful teachers or coaches or, in industry, engineer or other “production” positions. Such appointed persons sometimes have little or no practical management training.
This article can then become an important “gift” for the newly appointed manager. It describes a productive and brain-friendly management practice. A good manager is a good leader.
The basic job of a manager is to help those who report to him succeed in accomplishing their mission. Any manager who simply acts as a “boss and evaluator” does not provide an environment that encourages maximum productivity to his team members.
The most effective managers lead their team members with clear goals and systems, sensitive listening, opportunities to be involved in shaping operations, opportunities for professional growth, and unobtrusive monitoring. The main goal is to provide help to team members when they need it, not to “catch” them when it doesn’t work. Solid leadership behavior is the foundation of good management.
Good managers focus on the basic needs of team members. These basic needs are:
1. Possession, 2. Personal power, 3. Freedom, 4. Pleasure.
Let’s review each one in turn.
Including. Employees can be most productive if they see themselves as valuable team members (departments, divisions, groups).
A leader-manager can support this perception by:
1. Hold regular coordination meetings to keep everyone fully informed and provide opportunities for feedback, planning revisions, and cooperative discussions.
2. Discuss in advance with the team or individual members about possible changes in mission, roles, resources, etc.
3. Willing to feel comfortable to discuss individual ideas or problems.
4. Be willing, where possible, to arrange special working conditions to accommodate the temporary personal problems of each team member (making loyalty … Read more