Lee Iacocca said “Management is nothing more than motivating people.” If that’s true, then maybe we should consider that the goal of every person should be to become a manager of some sort. Therefore, the main goal of a manager then…should be to create other managers. What? Why would anyone do that? Why would you want to create something that may be competing with you for the same position? Well, if you don’t already know it – when you became a manager you gave up certain ‘individual’ rights because you are now responsible for the work of others and your success is dependent upon how well your team performs. So, it makes perfect sense to do all you can do to motivate and instill the highest degree of quality in the members of your team so that they too can become managers in their own right. Now…let’s look at a few steps you can take to begin the cycle of creating other managers:
- Identify Your Goals – Be sure your employees know what your major goals are and be prepared to communicate those goals clearly to them. Also, remember that goals are basically a living organism within your organization…and some of those goals will change from time to time. Therefore, it’s vital that your team is informed promptly as these changes occur.
- Discover Your Team – To best motivate your team, you will need to know the strengths and weaknesses of each member. Who pays more attention to detail? Who produces a product faster? Who has intricate knowledge of a specific process? It’s important to know these things so you can balance your team to optimize performance and productivity.
- Make Smart Assignments – Once you’ve identified and communicated your goals, as well as, discovered the areas your team members are strong and weak, then you need to match tasks to the best team member. Developing the individual task assignments that focuses on the strengths of the team members should bring everyone together in a way that is complimentary to one another and maximizes the use of all resources. This is a critical area where working smarter instead of working harder will pay great dividends.
- Be Available – To be able to create other managers and motivate them properly, then you must be visible to your team and accessible to them. They must be able to see their leader. So, if you manage multiple shifts or multiple locations, then you must be certain that everyone knows of your presence. Don’t make excuses as to why you’re not able to be available to your team members.
- Show Recognition – Let the individual members of your team know how they are doing. Recognize them or reward them in ways that motivates them to do better. Even just a simple ‘thanks’ or ‘great job’ can go a long way. But keep in mind one of the Management 101 Rules – ‘lead by example.”
Starting with these elements will help you to create other managers and you will be well on your way to reaching that ultimate goal and marking your spot as an effective manager and leader. Take time today to consider how to best implement these steps!!