Leading by Example: How to be a Productive Manager

As a manager, you want to be effective, to get the most from your employees, to have your team work together smoothly, without conflict.

To be as effective as possible, a good manager leads by example. This is the most effective way to motivate and inspire your employees. When workers see that their leaders are willing to get down in the trenches and do the tough work, they are much more likely to respond positively and remain loyal.

A good manager never asks his workers to do anything that the manager would not do himself. He models the performance and behavior standards he expects of his employees.

1. Communication skills

A good supervisor expects his employees to be able to communicate well, and so the supervisor shows how this is done.  A manager shows how to work with different types of people, workers of different cultural backgrounds, with different personalities and needs.

This requires having good soft skills, skills related to emotional intelligence – good verbal and writing skills, empathy, tolerance, and social skills.

Good communication skills involve more than just expressing yourself to others, but listening as well. A good manager is also a good listener, one who tries to understand the problems and challenges his employees face, so he can work to solve them.

This involves making sure that your employees know exactly what is expected of them as far as their duties and responsibilities. Performance standards must be clearly spelled out.

To be a productive manager, you also need to give plenty of feedback to your employees. Every worker wants to know how he or she is doing, whether he is meeting expectations or not. A good supervisor provides feedback that is constructive and concrete.

2. Good leadership skills

A good manager, one who is productive, demonstrates good leadership skills. He does not micromanage. He allows his employees to take responsibility for their work, to use their skills and judgment. Micromanaging shows that a supervisor lacks faith in his workers and hampers productivity. Micromanaging hurts morale and employee engagement.

3. Good organizational skills

A productive manager demonstrates good organizational skills. He knows how to stick to a schedule, to set priorities and follow them. He also knows how to look at the big picture, to see how all the pieces fit together into the grand design. He knows how to develop goals and create action plans for meeting those goals.

A productive supervisor is also flexible. He can adapt to changing situations and conditions.

If your Inland Empire company is looking for good managers, Arrow Staffing can help you. We have the knowledge and experience to provide you with the people you need. Give Arrow a call today.

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