To be the manager you always wanted to have, starts with looking at yourself.
It doesn´t matter if the only thing you are managing right now are your own projects and assignments. If you are a project manager or a manager with your own department.
It also doesn´t matter if you are struggling with when to use the term manager and when to use the term leader. Or if you are struggling with if leaders are born or made. Self-Leadership is the key in this discussion.
Start by looking at yourself and managing or leading yourself – to be everything you want to be.
Attitude – To Be the Manager You Always Wanted to Have
Think of yourself as a successful person. Always expect the best of others, and yourself. Raise your performance to meet your expectations. Welcome challenges and use them to grow. Think of problems as opportunities to learn from. Spend more time thinking, and talking about solutions and opportunities. That gives you less time to stay stuck on problems and obstacles.
Be ready to jump when opportunities come your way. Or better yet, create your own opportunities.
Help others, and give to others, that way you make the cake bigger for everybody.
Communication – To Be the Manager You Always Wanted to Have
Say what you mean and mean what you say. Be direct, yet considerate, in your communications. Please remember that listening is a great part of good communication skills.
Don´t be shy about saying nice things to other people. Be supportive in your feedback. Make sure you speak in a way that people understand what you want them to hear.
Don’t hesitate to ask for feedback for yourself.
Practice public speaking. Don´t say no when you get opportunities to speak at meetings. Or speak on behalf of your team, your department or your company. You could also volunteer to share your experience and expertize at local community centers. Or for various groups and teams that might benefit from it.
Development – To Be the Manager You Always Wanted to Have
Take time on a regular basis to assess your professional development. Are you doing everythin the same, and in a same way, you were doing last year. Or are you growing in your challenges and your career?
Is it time to read a book, take a course, attend a webinar, seminar or conference?
Time to publish a blog, Linkedin post or an article? Sharing your knowledge publicly is a part of building your professional brand. Which is an essential part of developing yourself as a professional nowadays.
Self-Confidence – To Be the Manager You Always Wanted to Have
Be confident about how you are and what you want to stand for.
Be confident enough to say thanks when you get compliments. Likewise when opportunities or promotions come your way. Have the confidence to make demands for yourself.
Have the confidence to give your colleagues or employees credit for their achievements.
Have the confidence to share your knowledge and help others in their challenges.
Strategy – To Be the Manager You Always Wanted to Have
Be clear on where you are going with your own career, with your team and your colleagues. Be strategic and make sure you keep moving in the right direction, no matter how small the steps may be at times.
Be clear on how to use your strengths and where you may need help in your role.
Also be clear on what you should put your time into and be strategic in accepting and delegating tasks.
Be strategic in how you manage your team, give them feedback, encourage them and help them grow in their careers.
Team – To Be the Manager You Always Wanted to Have
Be selective when choosing whom to work with or whom to have on your team.
Select the people you surround yourself with. Choose supportive people you challenge you to reach your goals. Associate with people you can learn from. Build professional relationships as a part of your strategy.
Select a good mentor or coach for yourself.
Don´t be afraid of connecting with people on your team, at the same time as you set healthy boundaries.
My book; Rekindling your spark: Strategy for better Self-Leadership is available on Amazon.
It includes various tips, tools and exercises.