Common Manager Mistakes
Managers make mistakes…everyone of us. We have our areas of strengths and then our weaknesses come to haunt us when we least expect it. Managers usually don’t receive training when they take over the responsibility of managing people. So what can you do as a manager to maximize your management skills?
“Top 10 Mistakes Managers Make Managing People,” by Susan M. Heathfield on About.com. The article does highlight the main areas where managers tend to struggle in.
How important is it to help managers succeed? Beyond description. Managers and how they manage their reporting staff set the tone for your entire business operation. Managers are the front line representation of your business. The majority of communication about the business is funneled through your managers. When employees resign, the top reason for their resignation is their relationship with their manager. People leave managers, not jobs or employers.
If you take one problem area such as “make your decision and then ask your employees for input,” and take a risk and get your employee’s input first, you will build trust with your team members. Sometimes the decision is made for you, but you can ask your team members how they feel about the change and what’s their take on the best way to inplement the change.
The best change comes in small steps. So even if you see the 10 different mistakes and can highlight those you have a problem with, start with one only and gradually tackle each area. If you keep your focus on one goal, you are more likely to succeed in that venture.