Real-life advice from a real-life recruiter

Management is a skill that can be learned. You can improve as a manager by working every day to get better. Here are a few things you can do to become a better manager:

Motivate

Human beings do things because we want to. Sometimes we want to because the consequences of not wanting to do something are unpleasant. However, most of the time we want to do things because of what we get out of it. It’s no different at work, people do good work for the pay, or the prestige, or the recognition. They do bad work because they want to take it easy and still get paid. They work really hard because they want to impress someone. To motivate your people better, figure out what they want and how you can give that to them for doing what you want them to do.

Build your team

It is not enough that people are motivated to succeed at work. They have to work together as a team to accomplish the group’s objective.

Be a leader

 Motivating a team is worthless unless you provide direction; unless you turn that motivation toward a goal and lead the team to it. It is the ability to lead others that truly sets a manager apart from their peers.

Improve as a communicator

Communication may be the single most important skill of a manager. After all, all the others depend on it. You can’t be a leader if you can’t communicate your vision. You can’t motivate people if they can’t understand what you want. Communication skills can be improved through practice.

Get Better at Managing Time

The one thing you will probably have less of at work than money is time. The better you get at managing time, yours and others, the more effective you will be as a manager.

Pick one. Do it today. Pick another one for tomorrow. In a few weeks you will be on pace to becoming a better manager.

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