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Tips For Becoming A Successful Manager

May 29, 2008
Good managers are not born - they are made. They learn what works and what doesn't through trial and error, and it is that experience that makes them invaluable.

While a college education can provide the knowledge to help with finances and marketing, job experience provides on hand training that aids with real world training. A great manager usually has both of those qualities and also knows how to direct subordinates.

The tips that follow can be used to help those who are new to management.

Leadership Qualities

Successful managers are leaders and not followers. A good manager knows how to get subordinate to work for them and for the team. Being a successful manager does not mean you abuse your employees or rule with an iron fist.

It does mean, however, that you understand the talents of each employee and use them to the benefit the company. The bottom line is: you get things done right.

Have A Vision

Great managers can direct projects, increase the bottom line, and cut costs. You should be able to improve employee morale which thereby reduces unexcused absences.

Successful managers know how to get others to work for them and value their ideas.

Networking With People

Good managers understand that networking is vital to the survival of the business. It is important to build lasting relationships with those in similar industries, as they can provide valuable services in the future.

It will also help build your own business, as good service spreads by word of mouth.

Be A Continuous Learner

A successful manager adjusts to changes that apply to their industry and guide the company to make seamless changes. You should always continue your education and learn from the mistakes of other businesses.

Staying abreast of the latest technological changes is also vital.


It is important to not always do all of the talking and really listen. The simple act of listening tells your employees that you value their ideas and concerns and will go a long way.

How your employees feel they are valued within an organization can determine how productive that company will be. Listen to their complaints and incorporate some of their suggestions into company policy when feasible.


As a manager, you will need to have a basic understanding to domestic and international affairs. Being sensitive to cultural differences will help you to bridge the gap between all kinds of businesses.

This is particularly important as your business attempts to expand to new markets.

Changing Times

Market trends are very important to all businesses so as a manager you must understand those trends. Seminars and networking are tools that you should use to help yourself in this area.


As a manager, you will be responsible for producing results. To be really successful, you will need to make the most of even the worst situations. You have to find ways to be successful - and you will ultimately responsible for success and failure.

The bottom line: great managers are ACCOUNTABLE.

Be Disciplined

Success is constantly a work in progress. Have a clear vision and a good plan to help you meet your goals and deadlines. Good communication is also necessary. Have a goal and a plan to stay focused on the big picture.

Being a successful manager isn't rocket science, but it does take hard work, diligence and determination. Follow the tips above and you will be well on your way!
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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