Want to get more out of your workers? Need to inspire your crew more effectively? Looking for ways to communicate more efficiently? It may be time to change your management style.
To modify your style, you may want to start by defining your current style. This helps you identify what you want to change and where you need improvement. It can be hard to assess this on your own, so you may want to consult with a business mentor or ask your employees. To get honest answers about your management style from your employees, consider using anonymous questionnaires that ask about how you supervise your employees, share feedback, and give instructions.
Once you identify your current style, it’s time to start learning about new management styles. Luckily, there are all kinds of management books, blogs, and even seminars devoted to different types of management styles. Give yourself some time to learn about the pros and cons of different management techniques, and identify which approach is likely to be best for your particular business. For instance, if you lead a team of creatives, you may want to take a hands-off, employee-led approach to management. On the other hand, if you need your employees to perform very precise tasks repeatedly, you may want to take a more hands-on, authoritarian approach.
After you choose your new style, you just need to start using it. To make the process easier, you may want to introduce changes incrementally. For example, you may want to test out your new style at your next meeting or use it when doing employee reviews. Additionally, you may want to bring in a mentor or consultant who can help you implement your new approach. In all cases, recognize that change takes a while, stay flexible, and adjust as needed throughout the process.