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The 10 Habits You Need to Be a Better Manager

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As you contemplate your business and career goals for 2024, have you considered devising a strategy to elevate your leadership capabilities? Many people in managerial roles set goals to refine their business leadership acumen in order to foster a more dynamic team environment and propel their organization to new heights of success.

Yet, transforming this goal into reality is no small feat and requires leaders to take small, consistent steps toward change to make a significant impact. To do so, they must begin by developing and nurturing habits that bolster their leadership approach and enhance their overall effectiveness in management.

Not sure where to start? Here are 10 habits you should adopt to be a more effective manager.

1. Communicate Clearly

Communication — or lack thereof — impacts your teams’ productivity and satisfaction in a big way. According to a recent Forbes article on the state of communication in the workplace in 2023, nearly half of survey respondents said ineffective communication impacted their job satisfaction, while more than 40% said it caused them stress. An additional large number noted that poor communication diminished their trust in leadership.

With effective communication, you can ensure team members understand expectations, goals, and priorities clearly. You can ensure all team members are aligned with the organization’s common objectives, reducing misunderstandings and enhancing productivity.

2. Practice Active Listening

As you cultivate the habit of communicating clearly with your teams, remember the importance of listening attentively. Embracing active listening can significantly enhance your comprehension of your team’s needs and boost employee engagement. When team members sense that their leaders genuinely understand and acknowledge their perspectives, it fosters a more collaborative environment.

3. Set Clear Goals

How will your team know what they’re working toward if you’ve not given them a clear goal? Make a habit in the new year to establish clear, achievable goals each quarter that align with your team’s vision, as well as goals for individual roles, to foster motivation and productivity.

4. Delegate

According to an often quoted study by John Hunt of the London Business School, only 30% of managers feel they’re good delegators, and only a third of those managers are actually good delegators, as described by their teams.

Mastering the art of delegation is challenging for numerous managers. Some managers fear that delegating will diminish their role in an organization, create confusion, or prove to be suboptimal for their team. Nonetheless, effective delegation is key to getting more done.

When you delegate thoughtfully and judiciously while taking your team members’ strengths and areas for improvement into account, you not only enhance productivity but you also give them an opportunity to develop new skills.

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5. Encourage Collaboration

Collaboration in the workplace has been proven to increase productivity. A diverse workplace culture has likewise been shown to improve collaboration and create smarter teams overall. As the new year unfolds, make a habit of nurturing a collaborative atmosphere. Building a culture where team members feel comfortable and enthusiastic about exchanging ideas and united in pursuing shared objectives.

Collaboration instills a sense of value and engagement among team members as they recognize and appreciate one another’s input. This approach is not only impactful in improving employee engagement, but it also comes with a wealth of other advantages.

6. Sign Up for New Courses

Continuous personal and professional development impacts not only you but your entire team. Set a standard for growth within your team by committing to continual learning in 2024, especially with regard to management and leadership training. Your proactive stance could act as the driving force that inspires others to pursue further career growth.

7. Be Transparent

Practice transparency by sharing all information and decision-making to foster an open and inclusive environment where everyone feels informed and involved. Not only will this help you build an overall better workplace culture, but it will also help you retain and attract talent. Research shows that more than 80% of workers want transparency in their current roles, and nearly 90% are looking for transparency in their next role.

8. Attend Networking Events

In the new year, make it a habit to identify and attend at least one industry-specific networking event in your area.

Take an extra stride toward growth by advocating for, networking, and fostering connections with your team and others. Building connections with others creates meaningful relationships that can not only facilitate personal growth but also advance your team’s objectives.

9. Better Manage Your Time

Make effective time management a habit by prioritizing the tasks on your to-do list, structuring your schedule around these priorities, and maintaining a realistic outlook on your capabilities. Delegation plays a pivotal role in establishing improved time management habits.

As you enhance your personal time management, begin to work with your team on their time management as well. Prioritize team tasks and demonstrate that you value your team members’ time by assigning reasonable deadlines. Once you’ve established clear start lines and deadlines, ensure there are consequences in place when team members don’t meet them.

10. Work with an Executive Coach

By working with an executive coach, you can determine how best to improve as a leader and devise a customized strategy for progress.

An executive coach is a valuable partner for leaders who want to improve their emotional intelligence, enhance efficiency, refine their decision-making skills, and pursue other professional ambitions. They offer valuable insights into the factors that may impact you as you work toward your goals, empowering you to address challenges collaboratively.

The Bottom Line

By developing these 10 habits in 2024, managers can enhance their leadership skills and improve the overall success and culture of their teams. Need more help defining your goals for 2024? Sign up for Arootah’s Goals & Habits Workshop on January 4, 2024. Also, sign up to the Weekly Returns newsletter for insights that will take your business, career, and life to the next level.

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