Managing people is a skill. It can take time and energy to develop strong skills in people management. Sometimes, in fact quite often, it does not come easy.
A manager is responsible for getting results through their people.
Therefore, you need motivated and engaged staff. You must create an environment that will create motivated and engaged staff. Your skills in managing people will determine how successful you are.
Be careful of blaming your team of people:
If you hear yourself saying this stop and start asking yourself:
People are different: We all have different needs, personalities, drivers, values, beliefs, interests, motivations, feelings and experiences. We see things and interpret things differently. The list could go on. These differences create challenges that managers face when managing people on a daily basis. These differences create challenges when we interact with and work with people.
To manage people effectively:
Your communication skills here are crucial. It is very easy for communication to breakdown due to common communication barriers. Watch out for these. Communicating is not telling. Practice and develop your communication skills. Paramount to this is active listening.
3. Create opportunities for each team member to develop in the role and/or for future roles.
4. Use each person to the maximum, working to their skills and natural strengths. To do this: