Solid leadership and management is the crux of an organisation that runs efficiently and productively. When considering the high levels of turnover that are registered in view of bad management, the qualities of good leaders become invaluable. Speaking with our own Studio Manager, Paul Farrugia, we discuss some of the essential tips for effective management.
Identifying the right talent for your openings
Recruitment and the selection of adequate employees for the openings and gaps within an organisation are essential functions of leadership. People are most productive and happy when they are assigned tasks which correspond to their strengths. At times, managers try to change people to adapt to the jobs that they are assigned. Whilst employees may develop new skills and strengths, it is also possible that issues of compatibility arise.
Use feedback to your benefit
When in a management and leadership position, you would need to get accustomed to regular feedback surrounding numerous matters. These may include your management style, the quality of the work produced and individual members within the team, amongst others. Keeping all feedback into consideration is necessary, however at times you will need to determine which comments lead to the most value. Not all feedback is relevant.
Being open and straightforward with the team you lead promotes trust. Honesty in relation to the expectations of management, the objectives of the company and where the business is heading allows team members to contribute positively, since they would feel more involved.
When one manages a team, tasks need to be delegated accordingly. Delegation is an important aspect of leadership and doing it wrongly can lead to poor quality work and missed deadlines. When assigning a task to someone, it is important to properly define its requirements such as the quality needed and timeframe within which it has to be completed. It is important to ensure that the right team member is assigned for the specific task and feedback is given in a two-way format to ascertain that what is expected is realistic. In certain circumstances, additional resources may be required, to meet both quality and time standards.
Setting realistic goals and deadlines
Through experience and familiarisation with the skills and attributes of their team members, effective managers would be able to set realistic goals and deadlines. Failing to do so can overwhelm team members, contributing to stress and job dissatisfaction. This can in turn impact mental health and hence the personal lives of team members.
As a manager it is necessary to allocate time for team members, through regular updates and communication. Group and individual communication slots will allow someone leading a team the opportunity to gain insights and remain abreast of the different tasks and activities taking place.
Although day-to-day activities might keep one constantly on the go, it is vital to recognise the efforts for jobs that have been completed successfully. This contributes to a positive work environment where employees feel appreciated and part of the team.
Seek inspiration from other successful leaders
Throughout our working careers, we will encounter leaders who we look up to. These can serve as a source of inspiration, influencing leadership styles.
Emotional intelligence is an important leadership trait. There will be times when team members would be passing through rough patches due to personal matters. Although personal matters should not influence work performance, sometimes this is the case. In these situations, leaders who neglect or punish such employees may be deemed as harsh and lack empathy or understanding.
Leadership styles vary and there is no one successful model which applies in all contexts and teams. Management is a lot about adapting and good judgement for the different circumstances that arise.