The position of a manager in an organization is the senior-most leadership position that helps give the organization a strategic direction. As a manager, your leadership skills are crucial in helping steer the company and its workers forward. Your efficiency is therefore greatly demanded. However, there exist certain behaviors, attitudes, and practices that can hinder your effectiveness and efficiency as a manager.
- Micromanaging others
Being constantly on the shoulders of your employees’ activities to find out what and how they are doing is an unnecessary practice that can hinder your efficiency. Micromanaging your workers destroys the otherwise good relationship existing workplace. Most employees, once micromanaged, tend to shrink back and withdraw from delivering their best. You should, therefore, avoid micromanagement practices in the workplace and give your workers sufficient space and time to do their work responsibly.
- Publicly criticizing your workers
Criticism is necessary in the workplace but should be constructive and well framed and channeled to ensure that workers positively regard being corrected. Practices such as criticizing your workers in front of everyone show that you lack interpersonal and leadership skills. Public criticism of workers generally demotivates them while causing them to feel intimidated and humiliated.
- Failing to take responsibility
Not everything in the course of your management will go as successful as you wish. Your leadership skills will be put to the test during instances of adversity when failures occur in the workplace. If you are the kind of manager who will fail to take responsibility and tend to point fingers to others, then you can be sure that you will exhibit ineffectiveness. Putting all the blame on others rather than collectively assuming responsibility as the leader destroys workers’ morale while hindering innovativeness and creativity.
- Lack of proper communication skills
Communication is the backbone of any workplace and teamwork arrangement. As the team leader or manager, it is your responsibility to facilitate effective and timely communication. Habits such as delaying the release of information or failure to respond effectively go a long way to hinder your ability to work perfectly. Also, failure to receive and review feedback provided in your office as a manager creates a stalemate where workers will be unwilling to share information with you.