How the Best Managers Build Winning Teams
The best managers build winning teams by harnessing the talent, enthusiasm, and commitment of their people. They know how to keep everyone rowing in the same right direction in a way that makes sense.
Your Goal as a New Manager
For you to succeed as a new manager, the goal is simple — you need to motivate your team, keep them engaged, and meet team performance targets.
Your First Big Mindset Shift as a New Manager
You need to be prepared to shift from taking responsibility for your own performance as an individual contributor to taking responsibility for the overall performance of your team. Hopefully, somewhere along the line, you have had a really good manager — one that you can try to emulate as you move into managing people.
A Checklist of the Most Appreciated Management Traits
With our twenty-plus years working with both new and experienced managers and their teams, we have compiled an ongoing checklist of what the best managers do that are most appreciated by their teams.
Good managers take the time and make the effort to get to know their employees as individuals because they care about them both personally and professionally.
When you can assign tasks that allow them to pursue their passions and engage their creativity and talent, you give them a chance to really shine.
They may falter and make mistakes, but a good manager can guide them toward the valuable learning that occurs when you reflect upon what went wrong and plan to do better next time.
Certainly you should expect extra work now and then when deadlines loom or when critical projects are on the line but don’t make a habit of requiring overtime and weekend duty.
Reward and recognize results and behaviors that matter most.
Retain your “A” players by hiring and promoting the best and letting go of those who don’t make or care about the grade.
The Bottom Line
Someone in your company believed that you could be a great new manager. Now it is up to you to prove them right by doing what the best managers do.
If you want to learn more about how managers build winning teams, download The 6 Management Practices that Make the Difference Between Effective and Extraordinary
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