8 Habits of Highly Effective Managers

Marissa Mayer, Image: Flickr/TechCrunch50-2008

  1. Be a good coach * Provide specific, constructive feedback, balancing negative and positive * Have regular one-on-ones, presenting solutions to problems tailored to the employee’s strengths.
  2. Empower your team and don’t micro-manage * Balance giving freedom to your employees while still being available for advice * Make “stretch” assignments to help them tackle big problems.
  3. Express interest in employees’ success and well-being * Get to know your employees as people, with lives outside of work * Make new folks feel welcome, help ease the transition.
  4. Be productive and results-oriented * Focus on what you want the team to achieve and how employees can help achieve it * Help the team prioritize work, and make decisions to remove roadblocks.
  5. Be a good communicator and listen to your team * Communication is two-way: Both listen and share * Hold all-hands meetings and be specific about the team’s goals * Encourage open dialogue and listen to the questions and concerns of your employees.
  6. Help your employees with career development.
  7. Have a clear vision and strategy for the team * Even amid turmoil, keep the team focused on goals and strategy * Involve the team in setting and evolving the team’s vision, goals, and progress.
  8. Have key technical skills, so you can help advise the team * Roll up sleeves and work side-by-side with team, when needed * Understand the specific challenges of the work THREE PITFALLS:
    1. Have trouble making transition to team leader * Fantastic individual performers are often promoted to manager without the necessary skills to lead * People hired from outside often don’t understand the specific ways of the company.
    2. Lack a consistent approach to performance management and career development * Doesn’t help employees understand what company wants * Doesn’t coach employees on how they can develop and stretch * Not proactive: Waits for the employees to come to them.
    3. Spend too little time on managing and communicating

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