Beyond Supervising: Five Basic Principles in Management Leadership

February 21, 2012 by  Filed under: Management 

Most new managers believe that their responsibilities center only on supervising their people. Often times, they neglect the fundamental task of managing their people to produce results that are expected from them. Many do not realize is that new managers only have a vague idea of what their new position is really about and at times, they cannot event tell the difference between supervising and managing.

If you are a new manager it would be best if, early on, you already focus on not just being a supervisor for your team, but also a manager that is a clear leader. What is the difference between a manager and leader? Managers who lead have a clear cut vision of what to accomplish and are able to manage their people to produce results by taking initiative, demonstrating confidence and by putting their attention to their people. If you have just been promoted and you are currently trying to learn the ropes, here are five basic principles in leadership that can help you:

  1. Focus on the process, issue or behavior, not the person. When problems arise, some managers would tend to focus on the individuals involved with the problem and not the reasons why the problem occurred. Managers who lead know that for problems to be solved there is no need to focus on the people because at times, it might get too personal. Problems are solved because managers see the bigger picture and they focus on what went wrong with the process, how the issue started and what are some changes in their people’s behavior that can ensure it never happens again.
  2. Maintain the self-confidence of and respect for others.Managers who strive to be leaders are aware that they have to continuously motivate their people and uphold the positive self-image they have of themselves. They act professionally, criticizing untoward behavior of their people privately but praising good results produced by the team publicly.
  3. Maintain good relationships with superiors, staff and peers. Building relationships with people you work with, whether they are your boss or your team, ensures that you build trust and rapport with them. Sustain your good relationship with your colleagues by taking the chance to get to know them and some of their interests. You’ll be surprised on how much you have in common with some of your co-workers and you can use this in continuing to maintain relationships in the workplace.
  4. Take initiative to make things better. Managers are in their positions because they have the vision to make processes more efficient and they have the drive to make these visions come true. Never lose your enthusiasm to change things for the better. Always set out goals to help your team improve so that as a whole, you and your people can produce more results that can benefit the organization.
  5. Lead by example.If you tell your people that everyone should come in on time, this also means that you can’t be late and at times, you have to come earlier than expected. Leadership is all about influencing others towards the achievement of a mutual goal and this is best done by example. Whatever you tell your team to do should always be reflected by your actions.

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Guthrie-Jensen is the leading Management Training and Consultancy firm in the Philippines and one of the largest in Southeast Asia. The organization has also conducted various training programs and seminars in Asia (i.e. Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong), Europe, and North America.

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