Everyone can – and should – be a leader in their own right. However not many can be a manager – the manager everyone loves… Surely this isn’t correct? Here’s why we say that everyone can be a leader but not everyone can be a manager.

Who Is The Manager Everyone Loves?

Peter Drucker – father of modern management theory – defines a ‘manager’ as performing the following roles:

“1) Sets objectives. The group’s goals are set by the manager. He decides what work needs to be done to meet those goals.
2) Organizes. The manager divides the work into manageable activities, and selects people to accomplish the tasks that need to be done.
3) Motivates and communicates. The manager creates a team out of his people, through decisions on pay, placement, promotion, and through his communications with the team. Drucker also referred to this as the “integrating” function of the manager.
4) Measures. The manager establishes appropriate targets and yardsticks, and analyzes, appraises and interprets performance.
5) Develops people. With the rise of the knowledge worker, this task has taken on added importance. In a knowledge economy, people are the company’s most important asset, and it is up to the manager to develop that asset.”

As can be seen from the definition above, a manager is responsible for controlling what his or her team does. This happens on a daily basis. The manager is responsible for ensuring the employees that he or she is responsible for are productive and carry out their roles so that ultimately the company reaches its objectives.

How Can You Become The Manager Everyone Loves?

In order to succeed, a manager needs to have a number of skills and traits:

  1. The manager must enjoy helping people grow,
  2. It is essential for managers to love creating positive environments,
  3. They must care deeply about the success of their team,
  4. A great manager must be more focused on a long-term sense of reward rather than short-term gains, and
  5. They must be incredibly self-aware, including being well aware of their weaknesses.

If you want to know what other skills are necessary for a manager to succeed and to see how you can become the manager everyone loves you need to attend Global Business Solution’s Supervisory Skills Workshop . The next session takes place in East London from 21 to 23 August. On this course you will learn the skills that you need to become a supervisor/middle manager. In addition, our workshop also is geared to support you in developing what is believed to be the skills and competencies that contribute towards your development. Want to learn more? Follow this link or contact Janine on [email protected].