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4 Habits Every Manager Should Develop

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Whether you are a first time manager, or someone with years of people leadership experience, you can always benefit from self-reflection, and you likely know there is always room for improvement. We’re dealing with people, after all!

If the moment is right, and you find yourself thinking about how you can better empower and grow your team…check out the below. It may be just what you need to incorporate into your routine to increase trust, loyalty and productivity within your groups.

Empower your team. Train staff to feel comfortable making decisions in the moment, rather than waiting for approval from management. Encourage them to act first and apologize later. Don’t always provide answers; have them make decisions on their own. Give employees the tools they need to be successful, and watch them run.

Be in each other’s sh*t. You should know what each of your direct reports is working on, and so should every member of your team. If someone can’t explain what the person next to them it working on, that’s a problem. Discuss projects and assignments together. Figure out how you can deliver the best possible product as a team.

Be accountable. Do what you say you’re going to do, when you say you’re going to do it. If something falls through the cracks, own up to it. Talk openly. Discuss team and company-wide goals and what it will take to achieve them. Trust is built when there’s transparency between you and your team.

Invest in real relationships. It shouldn’t be all business all the time. One of the best ways to drive engagement and retain talent is to show employees you care about their personal and professional development. Talk about their weekend plans, ask about their family or significant other, or get together outside the office. Success is more rewarding when you’re with people you care about.

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