How to be a great manager in 5 steps

3 min | Ellisa Monk | Article | Managing a team Talent management

A woman looks into the distance with a pleased smile on her face. Her arms are crossed and she's wearing a gray suit with a striped blue and white shirt. Behind her are several buildings.

If you are aiming to lead a team, you need to cultivate an essential skill: flexibility. An ideal leader knows how to adapt to change and the different motivations of his or her team. In this article, we'll explore why flexibility is key to being an excellent manager, and we'll also detail the five steps needed to become a successful leader.

Flexibility: Key to maintaining an optimal work environment in the company and management success

Today, managers must balance multiple responsibilities effectively. It is crucial to tailor leadership to each team member according to his or her individual needs. For example, some may require constant feedback, while others may see it as too much control.

In the face of constant changes in the world of work, a good manager must keep an open mind and explore new ways to evaluate team performance. This drives members to reach ever more challenging goals.

Exemplary managers design customized career plans that meet the individual expectations of each team member. For example, some may benefit from extensive training courses, while others may need more consistent support in their day-to-day development.

5 steps to be an excellent manager

Managerial closeness is crucial to motivate professionals. How can we demonstrate the necessary flexibility as leaders? Here are our recommendations, which include the 5 steps to achieve managerial excellence.

1. Adapt to change

Whether organizational, technological or skill-related, change is inevitable. The next time you are presented with a change, fully embrace the transformation and encourage your colleagues to do the same. You must demonstrate that you are able to step out of your comfort zone and see change as an opportunity for growth and innovation.

2. Be emotionally strong

Better understand your reactions to change, problems and stress. If necessary, work on yourself to improve your emotional intelligence so that you can remain calm and collected in these situations. If you see someone in difficulty, try to help with empathy, conveying positive emotions.

3. Identify and overcome skill gaps

Be very attentive and prepared for changes affecting your sector of the labor market. Join LinkedIn groups, attend industry events, sign up for webinars and don't miss any podcasts in your field. All of these will help you stay abreast of the latest developments in the job market.

4. Respect the ideas of others

Many companies are updating their approach to diversity, making it easier for colleagues to collaborate and exchange ideas. Show that you are able to accept other people's ideas and, if you disagree with a colleague's opinion, always keep the discussion on a professional, never personal, level.

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5. Don't give up

Look for alternatives that suit you and don't stop on your way to leadership. Instead of getting frustrated at some point, accept your decisions and always look for even more effective solutions.

With these measures you will be able to demonstrate that you have the flexibility to manage a team of people. You will also be able to motivate your employees and be prepared to face any changes in the company and the market - and above all you will show everyone that you are able to adapt to any situation!

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About this author

Ellisa Monk
Senior Vice President, West

During Ellisa’s career, she has built and developed recruitment teams across various industries, business units and geographies. She is passionate about people’s careers and continuously improving performance, processes, and efficiencies. Presently, Ellisa’s job as Senior Vice President, West Region involves overseeing highly talented recruitment teams in Calgary and Vancouver. She is also responsible for the contract business strategy nationally and is a member of the Canadian Management Board.

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