Friday, June 1, 2012

Being a manager...

They say, "MBA is for managers." And, thus, fresh graduates enroll into an MBA and expect to be managers as soon as they get a degree. At other times, we have people with years of experience assuming the role of a manager. But, being a manager isn't just about having a fancy degree and years of experience. It isn't also just about signing documents, authorizing actions and attending meetings. Being a manager extends far beyond all these external elements. Being a manager entails that you be fair, just and responsible. As a manager, you have to ensure that you treat all your subordinates equally. In the same way, if you have to stand up for the ones you're managing then you will have to do that. You've got to be just. You also cannot shift over all your responsibilities to your subordinates and let them take the final blame. You need to be able to have their back. As a manager, you also have to be concerned about the learning and development of the people you're managing. You're supposed to be a motivator. If someone is not doing a good job, then it is the manager's responsibility to find out the reasons and take necessary and positive actions. If someone is working well, then one has to ensure that person is acknowledged and rewarded. 

The job of a manager is not easy. You have to leave control but also have to take charge of so many things. You have to be firm yet flexible. You need to be proactive and patient. You have to be able to trust your own judgments. You've got to be a learner and also a guide. First time managers may fail in many respects but one must never stop trying. But, most of the times it is often the experienced ones who forget about all the necessary elements of being a manager and are only focused on power and prestige. Education and experience are both very important elements of a manager. But, along with it character and attitude plays the biggest role in determining whether the manager is a good one or bad.

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