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How to Be a Better People Manager

One factor that impacts everybody’s lives is their relationship with others, not just personal but also professional. A slight misunderstanding or miscommunication can quickly draw a rift and tumble the relationship house of cards. Humans are sensitive, so sensitivity is a powerful tool in your arsenal to manage them. Management is more about people and less about the work. From this article at IMD, you can learn some essential tips for people management.

How to Manage Change Effectively

Every organization undergoes transitions on different levels. Leaders undertake the ownership to oversee the success of any transition or project. Leaders working with a team of diverse personalities and talent know the importance of working this powerhouse in a frictionless manner. To navigate the tides of uncertainty and volatility as a leader, inspire your team to improve, ease their fears of work, introduce new vital work processes, and provide opportunities for employees to transform and transition to new roles.

4 Strategies for a Better Outcome

Management is the skill of achieving goals through other people. Your hard skills demonstrate your experience and understanding of a particular skill. Your soft skills demonstrate your ability to work with others and grow as a people manager within a company.

Behavioral Analysis

Being a leader, you must have the ability to analyze the behavior of your team members. You will never get the same response from different team members since their past experiences, beliefs, and culture heavily influence their response. Use this ability to mitigate potential conflicts.

Transparency in Communication

You must communicate genuinely with your team and share information on project updates, decisions, changes, etc., to create a synergy of better understanding. Communication is a two-way street. So, do not just hear but really listen to your team to understand.

Distributed Ownership

Entrust your team with ownership of tasks their skills complement. This will increase their productivity by building confidence and providing them with a sense of accomplishment and will motivate your team to be successful.

Learning Curve

Your learning curve should never flatten. As a leader, you must obtain the skills to negotiate, mitigate conflicts, persuade people, and build a team to fulfill the required tasks. This requires you to polish and upskill your people management skills periodically. This will provide you with the skillsets and expertise to have the right approach when there is a problem to address.

To read the original article, click on https://www.imd.org/mp/leadership-reflections/people-management/

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