If you want to have a prosperous company, you’re going to need to assemble a group of self-motivated and talented managers to make your business a success. If your current team has potential it isn’t yet living up to, never fear; there are many ways you can train them to be the enthusiastic, ambitious and goal-driven leaders you seek.
Below are 6 tried and proven tips for creating majorly motivated managers who will represent your best interests and keep your business performing perfectly, even when you’re not there.
1. Have Clear Expectations—
Nobody can feel like they’re doing a good job at something if they don’t know what doing a good job means. Evaluations that involve job coaching rather than criticism are highly recommended to help employees achieve objectives.
Establishing clear performance expectations and allowing your managers to have input during the goal-setting process will empower them by making them feel like a part of the team.
2. Let Them Be a Fearless Leader—
Once clear goals and expectations for job performance have been established, let the people you’re training to be leaders do just that, and without anxiety.
The only way a bird learns to fly is by flapping its wings, so don’t make your employees fear failure with harsh consequences if goals aren’t met during the learning process. Push them out of the nest and into the big blue sky of management knowing it’s okay to fall down a few times.
3. Micromanagement is Demotivating—
Nothing says “I don’t think you can handle this job” like a boss who follows everyone around, constantly checking their work.
In addition to creating nervous employees who’re being judged for every step they take, micromanagement lowers morale by making adults feel like they’re being treated like children.
If you want to create a relationship based on trust and respect you have to let go of your controlling impulses and show your managers that you trust and respect them enough to perform well—even when you’re not watching.
4. Open Your Door and Mind—
Sometimes business owners can get so caught up in the responsibilities that come with being the boss, they can’t see the smaller things happening during day-to-day operations. But a well-trained and trusted manager can be the eyes and ears you don’t have the time to be if you let them.
Be open to managers, their concerns, and especially to any new ideas they might have about more efficient ways to run your operation. Companies evolve, making changes necessary along the way that can often boost profits.
An open mind and consideration for suggestions your employees bring to the table will empower them by making it clear you value their opinions.
5. Encouragement is Excellent—
Everyone likes to receive feedback and praise for a job well done, no matter how confident they may be.
Be sure to let employees and management know how much you appreciate their hard work, and give specific examples of positive performances. It may seem like a small thing to do, but a little bit of encouragement from the boss can greatly raise overall morale.
Bonuses and other financial incentive programs with clearly defined goals to be met can be huge motivators. Nothing motivates like money, so if you’re making extra because your managers are amazing, share the wealth.
6. Power to the People—
Once they’re trained and you’ve established trust in their abilities to lead, step back and allow managers to make important decisions on their own.
By giving them the freedom to exercise their management muscle without approval required for every little thing from the boss, you will not only empower them, you will create less work for yourself.
If there is an area in which you’d like to retain all control, simply set boundaries before granting permission to make decisions without clearance in other areas.
When you create an environment that allows employees to feel like they’re a valued part of something bigger than themselves, they feel empowered, work harder, and everybody wins. Use the employee empowerment tips above to create committed, progressive managers who will help make your business a thriving success.