10 Ways to Be a Better Manager

It's a tough job...

Management is one of the most challenging roles anyone can undertake. In fact, many people become managers because they are good at their job, not necessarily because they have any management experience. Without proper training support, it can be difficult to make the transition to management.

We've given you our best tips on how to up your management game, and ways to put these hints into practice immediately.

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  • 10 Ways to Be a Better Manager
  • Take Action
  • How to Get Started
  • First and foremost, be a leader


    People are more productive when they are motivated and inspired. That’s why the best managers lead by example. They encourage their teams to achieve consistently and demonstrate a positive, productive attitude.

  • Master Time Management Skills


    Do you ever feel like the days just get away from you and you can’t achieve what you need to? Getting to grips with time management will ensure you have time to complete essential tasks and provide your team with support.

  • Keep an Open Mind


    Listen to your team’s ideas. Be open to suggestions and alternative approaches to a project. Not only will you empower your team, you may just find the most unique, efficient way to accomplish the task at hand.

  • Be Clear


    Deliver a clear message about where your team’s focus should lie. Set goals, underline priorities, and support your team in maintaining focus to keep energy and productivity boosted.

  • Address Conflict


    It’s not the most pleasant aspect of being a manager, but understanding how to deal with conflict and maintaining a proactive approach to handling sticky issues will help your department run smoothly.

  • Communicate, Communicate, Communicate...


    A team kept in the dark will quickly lose motivation and direction. It’s important to keep your team informed of events, and encourage an open channel of communication with each team member.

  • ... But don't forget to Listen


    Part of great communication is taking time to really listen to what others say. By giving your colleagues the respect of listening attentively, you’ll build strong relationships and understand their point of view.

  • Invest in your Team


    Take time to give regular feedback sessions, check in with how each team member is feeling and address any challenges they may be facing. They will appreciate your support.

  • Identify Strengths & Areas for Improvement


    This applies to your team and to you as a manager. By understanding where your strengths lie, you can use them to advantage and work on areas for improvement.

  • Continuous Professional Growth


    The minute you stop learning, you stop growing in skill and expertise as a manager. The most successful managers continually invest time and effort in personal and professional development through training.

Get Started

So now you know what to do, but how are you going to do it?


Here are 5 action points to get you started on the road to being the best leader you can be.


  • Time Management


    Begin tracking how your time is spent each day.

  • Invest in Your Team


    Set up a 1-to-1 with each member of your team.

  • Be Clear and Communicate


    Communicate current priorities clearly to your team.

  • Identify Strengths and Areas for Improvement


    Schedule time to review each aspect of your department.

  • Continuous Professional Growth


    Invest time and resources in training for you and your team.


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