If your small business is growing – and we hope it is – you will probably need a good manager who, in turn, will oversee and inspire the rest of your employees. Even if you’re a company of just one, it’s always helpful to learn how to manage your time. Here are a few tips and pointers to guide those who manage or are search of a manager.
First, never underestimate the importance of strong leadership skills. How do you find someone with these traits? Look at the candidate’s resume closely for positions that include increasing responsibilities. Also look for longevity at a company. Did the candidate stay in one company for an extended period of time or are they job jumpers? If they changed jobs, was it for a higher title and more management or were they lateral moves?
Second, ask about their management style. How do they interact with employees? And what are their thoughts on training, development, and mentoring? Where do they see their employees – not themselves – in five years? Good managers help those around them grow in responsibility too, which makes the business better as a whole.
Third, watch your future manager in action. For instance, take a final candidate to lunch or out for coffee. How does he or she treat people in service positions – Polite? Bossy? Empathetic? The way the candidate interacts with service personnel will be a good indication of how they will treat your subordinates.
Once on board, be supportive. Make their responsibilities clear and also define that the people who report to them are their responsibility, too. Hold regular one-on-ones to discuss team and personnel performances. Set goals for the manager that are SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.
One day, your top manager may just be your successor. Set the wheels in motion by managing your manager along the way.
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