The Making of a Manager

Kevin_VincentKevin Vincent

Managing director of  Vincent Consulting  
www.vincentconsulting.co.nz

Management has always required people with high levels of competence and performance to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the role, and secondly, to lead others.

At the end of the day the senior management leadership challenge is to add value and this can be achieved by building the confidence of those we lead.

It is critically important that we direct, lead and inspire the next generation of managers, so as to ensure they have the skills to carry the flag in the future. The best new managers are continually being trained by their senior managers and peers, and are teaching themselves to become better at their roles through learning and growth.

Many young managers today will readily understand and comprehend the what and why of management however, may struggle with having the confidence to put this knowledge in to practice.

This is a dilemma that many companies’ senior management teams face and the following suggestions may assist. It is only experience that can bring these new manager’s skills to life and be meaningful.

Here are some tips to assist you with your next managers.

Firsly, set meaningful objectives and goals. Goals should be S.M.A.R.T, (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely). Goals will clarify the direction and what is expected to be accomplished. Goals should be linked to your strategic plan.

Practice modelling. Model the behaviours required by setting an example with your own behaviours. There is a theory called operant conditioning and this relates to a concept of consequence. The probability that a person performs in a certain way is a function of previous consequences.

From this we can see that responses following desired behaviours will occur more and responses followed by undesirable consequence will be less.

Be an encourager and motivator. Positively reinforce good behaviours. Examples of positive reinforcement are praise and recognition. By contrast, negative reinforcement is often seen as punishment.

Management is not an easy task and it is expected those in management positions can deliver on a number of skills or competencies. These include; organising, time management, problem solving, decision making, mentoring and motivation, goal setting, effective listening, conflict management, self-control and communication.

Companies that invest in their management training will undoubtedly reap the rewards in improved productivity, profitability, efficiency and overall satisfaction (customer, company and individual) levels.

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