Pros: several pros: avid interest in what the employees have to say, frequently survey the employees to obtain their feedback and opinions, employee benefits, communications to employees, embrace diversity, free parking.
Cons: not many leadership advancement opportunities.
On Monday I begin by going over my To Do list and setting priorities. I review the progress of existing educational activties, check voice mail, then check the calendar to refresh my memory on the upcoming week. I then like to meet with my staff early, mid and late week to discuss priorities, check progress, and then prepare for the week. I want to – more... make sure, as much as possible, that we can all dedicate time to our tasks to move educational activities and projects forward. Focusing on organization and priorities first thing every morning contributes to successful mangement.
What I have learned to be a successful manager are the following:
Talk regularly to my employees; trust my employees; judge people myself, not by what others say; make and follow through on decisions. People respect leaders for doing something rather not following through; realize that management qualifications does not necessarily make you a better manager, its the hands on experiences and how these experiences are managed; most importantly, never be afraid to say 'I don't know' and then say 'I will get an answer for you' and committ to it.
The best part about my job is having a genuine care and concern for the people I work with. Having this kind of relationship is priceless. It creates a much better environment, one that is more condusive to to a positive atmosphere where people are willing to roll up their sleeves and accomplish great things as a team. When people are made to feel significant they are more willing to take risk. However, I am aware I cannot go beyond professional boundaries, just a real genuine care and concern for your people and their wellfare. There is nothing in particular that I find overly difficult in what I do as a manager. Being dedicated and proactive as a manager contributes to managing situations and conflicts effectively. – less