Effective delegation and the Ideal Manager
It has been a core principle of Management By Delegation that effective delegation means getting important work done through others. The really quality managers, those with a reputation for demanding but fair management and successful execution, accomplish this through a series of proven steps. These are management skills and techniques and some come to them easier than others.
Most important management characteristics
No matter. the skills and characteristics for successful management can be learned and even mastered. So what are the most important?
- The ideal manager has a set of principles and a core vision about how they manage people.
- They are firm, fair and just while demanding high standards of performance.
- They work to get to know each employee in their business unit. They seek out an understanding of their unique traits and abilities.
- The ideal manager communicates clearly, effectively and regularly.
- They influence those around them to buy-into the vision and mission of the work group.
- These manager delegate assignments and projects with very clear direction. Their delegation-communications are clear, specific, organized and visual as well as verbal.
Exhibit Dedication in Management
They approach the job of getting things done through others in a very professional and dedicated fashion. They inspire confidence, not because they are some gifted motivator but because they are dedicated to the success and well-being of each person on their team. People can clearly sense the reality of their commitment. They literally feel the managers genuine interest and engagement. The employees on the team just know it. The magic, if you will, is in the inclusive nature of how they manage.
The outstanding managers, people we easily describe as ideal, come in all shapes, sizes and characteristics. That said, they all practice their craft with the core competencies just described. While each ideal manager is different, the people under them know it when they see it. Evey aspiring or veteran manager can move along the journey of “ideal manager.” The results and sense of achievement are so potentially high, why wouldn’t a manager invest in building these skills?