Some people have it naturally; others have to cultivate it. We are talking about the ability to manage people and teams. In most part, managing people is a cultivated art. While the ways to handle people calls for different techniques at different times, there are some rules that stand the test of time.
Here are some tips that you can put to good use along with your technical prowess. Remember, the best of technical skills can come undone if you do not manage the people in your team well. It has the potential to impact not just their performance and yours, it has the potential to damage your project as well.

1. Leading from the front

If you have been vested with the responsibility of heading a project, then the first thing to do is demonstrate your ability and capability to get into the trenches, if needed, and being there till the end.

In other words, leadership is about your actions and less about words. You have to show that you have it in you. Managing is about knowing your responsibilities and delivering on them. People management also means giving responsibilities to your team and letting them get on with it. It also means being accountable.

2. Know your team

Get to know the strengths, weaknesses and capabilities of your team. This lets you squeeze the best of their potential. With support, guidance and coaching thrown in, enable them to go beyond their best.

At the end of the day, a manager’s job is to deliver success. And not just in business. It’s much more. It is about creating a legacy of developing and utilizing capabilities optimally. The whole to be bigger than the sum of parts.

3. Not losing sight of the goal

Keep that in mind. That is the bottom line. They look up to you to work hard enough to make the numbers. After all, their jobs depend on it too.

4. Treat them as people and individuals

Talk to them as people. Know what they do and why? Their interests and their priorities in life will give you clues on what makes them tick as people. When you treat them as individuals and respect them, they tend to do the same. They pitch in for you that extra bit.

5. Open to Feedback

Most critical, be open to feedback. Humility is not just important but critical. Not knowing everything is fine and it is also okay to be wrong. Listen to your people. They need to know that they can point errors and they won’t be penalized.

How people absorb and react to feedback is a testament to who you are. It fosters confidence and interdependencies, which are important in a team. It helps the team and the project to succeed.

It may call for changes in yourself. But if you are going to be leading a team and managing people, it is a small price to pay. The results will far outweigh any difficulties that you may face in the process of gulping down your pride once in a while and changing some set behaviours.

~Himanshu~

Source MSN

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