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5 Key Elements of Successful Management

People who succeed as organizational managers understand that once they take on the responsibility of leading a team or department, their mindset has to change. For a manager, success management is no longer about what they can achieve on their own, and getting ahead isn’t a journey made alone. Managers are successful when group goals are met because subordinates are properly motivated and contributing at their highest level.

So what does it take to be a successful manager? Read on to learn five of the most important mindset changes managers need to adopt from day one.

1. Manage Others’ Time – In addition to managing your own time—which is tricky when you must accept additional responsibilities—a good manager sets schedules for others to meet. This doesn’t mean you should micromanage each employee’s calendar, but it does mean that you have clarified with your staff what their priorities are, you know when deliverables are due, and you address the problem when an employee fails to meet assigned deadlines.

If a subordinate is behind or has failed to meet a goal, that’s their problem, right? Wrong—when you accept the role of manager, you accept responsibility for all work being done well and on time, whether you’re actually doing that work or not.

2. Satisfaction Becomes More Abstract – A manager’s satisfaction is often indirect. It comes from taking pride in helping others succeed, rather than completing the job alone. Learning how to properly delegate work enables you to clear your plate to make room for other managerial responsibilities while also helping your subordinates develop important skills.

Acknowledging employees’ accomplishments when they do well ensures that they’ll be excited to take on new tasks again in the future. If you find yourself only pointing out mistakes or problems, it won’t be long before morale and workmanship are depleted. Mistakes are bound to happen and shouldn’t be swept under the rug. But bringing mistakes to employees’ attention must be balanced with acknowledgement when a job is well done.

3. Shift in Job Evaluation – Your performance is no longer judged by the boss alone. It is also judged by those who report to you. It’s important that you stay aware of how employees perceive you (and that does mean asking from time time—you can do this informally in conversation or anonymously through 360-degree feedback tools).

When you become manager, it does not mean that you are immune to criticism and evaluation, and your position doesn’t allow you to slack off. Being a manager also doesn’t mean that you should be perfect. Especially for new managers, it will take some time to adjust to your position. This is why it’s important to be open to feedback and aware that there’s always room for improvement.

4. Problem Solving – A manager must deal with all types of problems, some of which include:

  • Operational – Why did we miss our numbers last month?
  • Interpersonal – How can I help my subordinates better manage conflict?
  • Strategic – Do I have the right people in the right positions?

It’s important that managers have fundamental problem solving skills and that they know when to seek input from others. You won’t always have all the answers, but you can make sure you ask the right people the right questions.

Problem solving might seem like a skill that mainly requires rationality and solid logic, but successful problem solving is also very creative. Sometimes the best solution is completely out of the box. A successful manager will be able to solve problems resourcefully and with an open mind.

5. Key Resources are People – Because a manager must get things done through others, people are your best asset. Taking the time to learn the strengths of each person on your team (and manage them accordingly) not only ensures that you are challenging people and bringing out their best, it also sends the message that you care about them.

When employees know that they are valuable to you and the efforts of the organization as a whole, they take pride in their work. After all, that’s why you’re making such an effort to be a great manager, right?

These are just five important elements of great management. Feel free to add to the list by leaving a comment below!

Recommended Training Resource: After All, You’re the Supervisor Watch as newly-promoted supervisor Alec shifts his mindset from individual contributor to a leader of others, learning nine components of supervisory success along the way.

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