Management is not for the weak minded. In fact managing should be taken on by someone who understands two main skills: communication and positive reinforcement. Managing others can sometimes invoke visions of hard nosed individuals that are constantly breathing down your neck and making negative remarks about your work. Management does not have to be difficult or painful. In fact, the more successful managers actually understand the “psychology of managing.” The really good managers usually jump out at you because the people that work under them are extremely satisfied and happy with their jobs. The most successful managers are supportive, clear communicating and pleasant to work for.
Some managers are more innate in the jobs that they hold. These types of managers are what I refer to as “natural born managers.” They are very affectionate about their employees and take a truly caring view of the people that work under them. If there are problems with a workers performance then this type of manager is more likely to sit down with them in a one on one meeting to try to work through the problems. They are also the types of managers that are constantly praising and rewarding their employees. These would be the types of managers that are getting the best productivity out of their employees. This is because the employees feel that their manager truly cares about them. In return, the employee wants to “help out” by doing their job the best they know how. The employees of the “naturally born” manager are more apt to do a better quality job overall.
Communication plays a huge role in management. Communicating effectively should be a requirement of a good manager but all too often it is not. Managers need to know how to get their points across and to keep up with the status of the work that is being done. However, they should not get stressed or stress their workers in this process. Communication is necessary for all aspects of our lives so using it when managing should not be that big of a surprise. You want to give an exact understanding of what you expect from your employees. The employees need to understand what the consequences will be for both them and their manager if the appropriate job is not done.
Psychology plays a big role in our managing styles. The psychology of managing is actually quite simple. Humans want to be respected for the work that the do. Management should be geared to this innate human desire. Managers should be constantly positively reinforcing their workers to get the best quality of work in the shortest amount of time possible.
A manager who understands communication and uses positive reinforcement can go far in the management world. These are the managers that everyone wants to work for and the jobs that have a large amount of applicants jockeying for positions.