The attitude of a team is the reflection of that of its manager. As a manager, your influence is crucial for the healthy functioning of your team. Therefore, it is essential that you need to inculcate the right attitude, lest it stifles team effectiveness. Here are a few suggestions that could help you acquire a positive attitude.
Be informed: As a manager, gather as much of the latest information in your field as possible. A well-informed manager can easily and effectively attract and inspire his team members. In this regard, you can explore primary resources such as your peers, superiors as well as experts in the field or secondary resources such as print material and the Internet.
Be strategically sound: Being strategically sound means anticipating things before they happen and getting ready to face any new situation that arises. It does not mean that you foresee everything, but most things. Planning, organizing, managing and controlling are essential to be an effective manager. They form the core of a manager’s hard skills. Therefore, you need to acquire the necessary skills that help you define goals, set an action plan and guide the team towards their fulfilment.
Be entrepreneurial: Ingenuity is the skill that defines an effective manager. Ingenious managers take the pressure off employees by finding innovative solutions to their problems. With their inventiveness, they can find new opportunities that take their business forward. They command the respect and loyalty of their subordinates. Therefore, develop an entrepreneurial attitude and keep exploring new ideas, processes and areas of business. And, most of all, be flexible.
Welcome change: Be open to change, whether positive or negative, and have a plan to manage it. This helps you create a healthy and positive work environment for your subordinates so that they give their best without getting bogged down by the fear of change. Never be reactive because it often leads to negative decision-making. If you are reactive, you may not have your subordinates actively working for you when you are confronted with complex problems.
Be inclusive: Embrace diversity and encourage inputs from subordinates. Never blame your subordinates for the team’s mistakes. Though it may be easy for you to evade responsibility for your decisions by pinning the blame on the team, your subordinates develop a low opinion of you and are averse to taking instructions from you.
A manager’s attitude affects team morale and productivity. Therefore, it is important that the manager has positive leadership qualities that promote a productive work environment. So, strive to develop and display a positive and proactive attitude to be a successful manager.
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