No matter how long you’ve spent working in the trades, construction or service industries, you’ll undoubtedly know just how much a great manager can bring to the job. Whether it’s providing professional guidance, sharing their knowledge or inspiring you to perform at your best, a successful manager helps you thrive in the workplace.
Perhaps you’re now a manager or business owner and want to step up your game and provide your workforce with the same care, diligence and good governance. This is a good mindset to have, as being a great manager starts by accepting that your employees need a strong leader with the determination to reach a shared goal. It’s essential to understand this because your role as a leader makes you dependent on the people who work under you no matter the situation. That’s why it’s crucial to have a reliable team you can trust to carry your vision whether they’re working by your side or on their own.
To become an exceptional manager, you should always try to present yourself as someone who is mindful and willing to inspire their team to work at their very best. Reaching this point, though, requires dedication and the willingness to pursue your goals for leadership, rather than assuming that the knowledge will simply come with time. Hiring the right employees is a great place to start and can help you build a successful team. But helping them grow into the workforce you want them to be means you need to look carefully at how you work with and manage your employees.
We refer to this as your ‘Management Style’, and it’s critical to understand what this is before you can begin working to improve it.
Management styles are how a manager works to achieve goals by using their planning, organisation, and delegation skills to influence employees. These goals can be anything; whether it’s faster job completion or increased invoice turnaround, your management style will hopefully push employees toward meeting your expectations and then exceeding them.
But this begs the question:
How do you develop your management style and improve on what you’re already doing?
This article will outline and discuss four powerful management styles that you can draw on to help you run a better business and grow your success. We’ll also discuss what makes each style particularly applicable to the trades, services and construction sectors, how to apply each style and what types of employees each style is best at targeting.