What is the hardest thing about being a manager?
I would really like to be a manager or CEO one day. What is the hardest part about managing a team? What do you like best about it?
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The hardest part of managing a team is TIME. You want to spend time communicating and giving lots and lots of feedback to the team on final product. Unfortunately, your role as a Sr. Leader will pull you in directions that may not allow you to see that final product or watch your team work as closely as you like (budgets, shareholders, press, strategy sessions with your boss, etc.) The best advice I got for leadership was a 5 step process and it has served me well: 1. Set Clear Expectations--no one can get there if they don't know where they are going, 2. Educate to those Expectations-- you have to SHOW THEM what success looks like, 3, Hold the Team Accountable--celebrate the wins and learn from the failures, but don't ignore them 4. Be Consistent in your Leadership--they should be able to anticipate your moves because you are so consistent, and when you are not, make sure you tell them why, and 5. Reward and Recognize--if you want good performance you have to provide specific, immediate, and meaningful feedback to see it repeated. Hope this helps!
Being a manager can be challenging for many reasons. Managing different personalities can be a challenge. One of the biggest challenges for me has been keeping work/life balance. Being a manager may require you to always have your phone on during off hours which may upset your family members. This is where you have to create trust with your teams and delegate duties so that you are able to disconnect when needed.
The word people, many work environments are very diverse and there are many different opinions and work styles.
Therefore finding a common ground that works for the team to achieve the objectives set forth is a tough and important one.
As a people manager, it’s important to let people that report to you or look up to you to grow into their role and feel empowered.
There are times when you want to step in and advice and course correct however for the betterment of the person it helps to let them figure it out through experience, both good and bad. You have to use common sense at times and jump in if something bad is going to happen to your project or team, however less management the better.
Finally it’s all about the environment you create, it’s important to create one where your people challenge you and are free to share their opinions about doing best for the team.
You will need to focus on stress and time management. In order to manage stress you have to manage your time wisely. <span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>
<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>
A lot of responsibilities that a manager handles are intangible i.e., its not quantifiable as easily as a document completed, a review submitted etc.
Its important for a manager to appreciate this fact and come up with innovative ways to feel content about the role that he/she is playing.
The hardest thing about being a manager, besides ofcourse justifying his/her role to the senior management, is about trying to make a difference to the team, the organization and ofcourse to the customers as applicable.
e.g. if a team member is pursuing a particular certification in his field of interest, the manager should be able to work with the team member, try and carve out some extra time for him/her to pursue the certification etc etc. The manager should be able to consider this as a job well done by being a part of the learning journey of the team member.
In short, the hardest thing about being a manager is to be able to step into the shoes of his/her team members, be their friend and guide and work with them to achieve professional goals. If this aspect is taken care of then the other responsibilities towards the team, organization and the customer are easily manageable. Keep the team motivated and you would have ensure a near perfect ecosystem.
1. Time Management: Between meetings and deadlines, you will find yourself not being able to accomplish everything. Learn how to prioritize and delegate
2. Managing your boss is just as much work as managing your team
3. Learn how to inspire
Part of your question asked about being a CEO. I have owned a business and there are many challenges. You are constantly concerned about your employees, about the performance of the business, how to stimulate growth of the business and how to contribute to your surrounding community. While these can be difficult, they can also create some of the most stimulating and enjoyable events when things get properly executed.
Another thing that is hard is watching people self sabotage and miss the opportunity to take their career to the next level because of their mental and emotional boundaries. As a leader I realize it's more of a career counseling interaction more than anything. What can I do to help them be comfortable with being uncomfortable? How can I make sure they are better employees after interacting with me than they were before?
With that being said, it's so rewarding when I have actually been able to get my employees to the point that they see their own greatness. To see them push themselves after working with them helps me hold myself accountable as well. It forces me to push myself so that I can continue to do the same with my employees.
"Balancing individual job responsibilities with time spent overseeing others": 32%. My impression? Fundamental but true: the classic balancing act all new managers must come to terms with. Hold tightly onto too much yourself and you get little done; delegate everything and you'll bury -- and alienate -- your staff."Supervising friends or former peers": 19%. Always tricky when promoted from within an organization. Usually not an issue if you come from outside.
"Motivating the team": 17%. Indeed, a challenge to managers at all levels. Many managers find it can be 44490f13682d" style="color: rgb(0, 56, 145);" target="_blank">hard to motivate but frustratingly easy to demotivate.
"Prioritizing projects": 16%. Often takes time, experience and judgment to learn to separate the wheat from the chaff.
"Meeting higher performance expectations": 16%. And very different expectations, focused not on individual achievement but on eliciting high-quality work from others -- a completely changed orientation.
The survey also contained 10 "essential tips for new managers." Following are my three favorites, along with brief commentary.
I agree that to be a good leader, sure, you need to manage your time really well and be clear, set expectations and make sure that your team can see the vision, the North Star if you will, that you are steering them towards.
However, in order to be a GREAT leader, you need to get to know your team really well. You need to know each individuals' strengths and how to help them play to those strengths in order to help them show up at their best at work. Focusing on strengths rather than weaknesses will help you release the greatness of the team, making the team shine, rather than focusing on improving 'weaknesses' to get to an even level of 'ok-ness'. This is both the hardest part but also my favourite part leading people
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It can be intimidating to be responsible for the performance of other people, and many new managers have an image in mind of what a leader is "supposed to look like". You have to understand that there are many, many different styles and approaches that can be effective in motivating people to perform, and if you try to pretend to be one of them that you are not, your people will see right through that and not respect you.
Be humble and admit to mistakes rather than pretending to be perfect.
Don't just say, but demonstrate that you care about the people on your team.
To me, the hardest part of being a manager is finding the right words and frame of mind to provide constructive criticism. I find it's important to always leave the employee with a sense that, yes, there is room for improvement, but that we can work on it together.
Sometimes, depending on what the issue is, that's hard to find...
To be a manager or a leader, the most challenging part and interesting part is on people.
Firstly, you would lead the team to meet the objectives of the company. It is part of your job how to put translate these objectives from the corporate level to your team level and communicate to your team effectively. Communication is always an key and essential element on management. You have to ensure your team has clear understanding and work together towards these objectives.
On the other hand, you would have review the performance of your team members on regular basis and give them constructive feedback. It is not easy. Sometimes, this may be a difficult conversation if the staff is under perform. You may need to do some coaching with the staff.
You also need to ensure the team can works together effectively and have the synergy. If there is any conflict between team members, you need to help to resolve it.
Hope this gives you some insights of a manager. Good Luck!
It can be challenging to adjust your style to different types of personalities. As humans, we often look at situations based on OUR personal experience which can be limiting. It's important to take to the time to get to know your team by asking questions about how they prefer to work, their communication style, how they like to receive feedback. Armed with that information, you are more able to see everyone person's strengths and adjust your management style in a way that helps the individual thrive. The people I've managed who are most different from me are the ones I've learned the most from.
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Great question! There are many aspects to being a manager or executive. To me, it is important to understand if your focus is on management or leadership. I see management as focus on the process, objectives, and systems. In that regard, you must understand how your particular focus works with others in the organization. Having an understanding of how other elements are integrated, who the stakeholders are and not working in a silo will go a long way. It can be difficult. On the other hand, leadership involves directing people to effectively deliver on the process, objectives and systems. Finding and maintaining a leadership style that strikes the right balance among organization's and stakeholder's needs while adapting to the changes of each of those interests can be difficult. In either case, I would focus on learning/acquiring skills in change management, negotiation, operational efficiencies, leading across generations, and effective communication.
Manager is someone who have to deal with people with versatile personalities, have to take care of all their requirements, whether his/her employees are getting updated as per the latest technologies.
Manager need to do stress management as well as he/she has to be on call with multiple customer accounts, he/she should be aware of all the activities going on in the different customer accounts.
So, these are some of the hardest thing which i feel is difficult for being a manager.
My favorite part in building relationships with my people, which helps me to ease back and let control slip to others from time to time.
Also, an important skill is to identify how best to approach your employees when having to discuss job performance or even corrective actions. All people do not receive constructive criticism in the same manner. Some employees need a little encouraging while others want you to just get to the point.
Hi! What a great question. Not only will you glean from the answers current leaders provide you, but you also have caused me to reflect. :)
Early in my career the hardest thing was to put my success in the hands of others. When you are a people leader your team’s stats are your stats. Very soon I learned not to look at my own stats. I learned that when investing my time, energy, and focus on my team my results took care of themselves.
Today the hardest thing is letting go and taking quality time away. I find I’m so involved with my team that I stay in an always connected state. I’m learning to unplug a little at a time. I do this by turning off my connected devices when I need to spend alone time or time with family.
after several years managing teams, i would say that the challenging part of management, is dealing with different profiles, and be able to adapt your communication to them. Being accountable of what your team delivered can be challenging too, and you can learn a lot by driving and monitoring team members to achieve your commun goal. my advice is to keep in mind that you're one team with one goal.
Good luck and hope it helps.
Most leaders are type A personalities and it goes against the grain for us to take a backseat. Its important to lead but that also means not necessarily being the face of every engagement/ initiative that our team is a part of.
I find the best leaders are at the forefront when there's a lot of heat on the team and take a backseat when the kudos/credit comes in, ensuring their team gets to bask in that glory.
Allowing oneself to be comfortable doing the same is a hard trait to develop.
Wow, you've gotten a lot of great feedback here! I agree with others that time management can be very difficult especially if you're managing a large team. But for me, the hardest thing about being a manager is when you have to deliver the tough message that someone is being let go/fired. That's never an easy conversation to have. Hope this helps!
A manager is responsible to manage every aspect of the project and is considered the center of the engagement:
Downwards to make sure your team is operating effectively and efficiently.
Upwards to make sure your supervisors understand the progress and risks.
Externally to clients to make sure they are happy.
Also there is a major difference between a CEO and a manager. A manager is responsible for a specific project or department, where as a CEO is responsible for the entire company. There could be many managers but usually just one CEO in one company.
In current days becoming a manager is easy but to become a good manager you need to very Organised, timely, punctual, careful to what you speak, understanding, not getting carried away with Power( which most managers do). Degree may not be of much importance in this role but attitude matters the most. All the best. Hope you become a great manager( leader)
Hope you find this helpful! All the best
Good luck as you put on your Manager cap.
Other key aspects that a manager should be doing, but not having enough time are ..
1.) Keeping a fine balance between people and technology. Keeping abreast with latest technology and Industry trends is important for any manager in IT/technology industry. If not down to nuts and bolts, but at least at a high level. It helps you to be relevant to your teams as well as to your stakeholders.
2.)Connecting the individuals in the team and their work to organization goals is another important aspect.
The best thing about being a manager is when you see all the people in your team motivated, inspired and working towards those common goals. That's when you know you've done a good job!
Good luck as you put on your Manager cap.
There is a whole cottage industry dedicated to advice on Leadership - what makes good leaders, what's hard about leadership. I would say, if you're doing it right, EVERYTHING is hard about leadership. But that's what makes it exciting and challenging. The key is unlocking each issue, what's hanging you up - what's the underlying obstacle or issue to be addressed, and then identifying and marshaling the right people to help you solve it. Leaders get into the most trouble when they're arrogant, they stop learning and they don't empower their people to help solve the problems, a.k.a do the work. As a leader, you have everything you need within your four walls, you just need to recognize that there's a problem or something to be addressed, and then you have to have the willingness to engage and empower your team to help. Also, you have to be willing to be vulnerable and want to work on being a better leader every day. It's like golf, you'll never get it perfect, but you have to love working on improving everyday.
One must remember that your team is the one which delivers, but you are the driver, who is driving them to success or failure. Responsibility lies on you, not on them. Thus, work hard, develop your team, train and mentor them and give adequate support so that they succeed. It is also important to remember that "Success is theirs but Failure is Yours"! Thank you!
This is were your role as a manger clash with the personal interests. Invariably we develop friendship at work, what makes quite a common situation. I've seen very good leaders hesitating when the need to take an executive decision to dismiss a team member (and a friend) who is performing poorly.