When was the last time someone asked you, “What’s your management style?”
You were probably asked that question during a job interview so a future employer could get a better read on how you’d perform, not only in a crisis but every day when strategic planning and execution are crucial to keep everything running like clockwork.
Maybe, you were asked by a potential applicant, so he or she could determine how good of a mentor you might be.
In those occasions, the real challenge is how honestly you’ll answer that question. Do you really own your management style, meaning you invest the time and care to get it right for everyone, every time?
Or, is it merely an organic process that just happens without much planning, thought or effort on your end?
This quote from a LinkedIn post written by Mark Graban sums up the management style conundrum perfectly: Bad managers tell employees what to do, good managers explain why they need to do it, but great managers involve people in decision-making and improvement.
The real trick about having a good management style or trying to improve it, as described by Graban: Nothing happens without having good communications skills.
But, it’s much more than paying attention to how you communicate. It’s developing the fine art of listening, and giving your team a chance to discuss a problem without you trying to interrupt or solve it for them.
The Tip Drill
What follows are some steps you can take to improve your management style. None of them are easy peasy, and will take a lot of practice on your part to master. That said, we believe constant improvement is the foundation of a successful facilities manager’s career.
With that in mind…
1. Embrace change.
Your management style must “hug” change, not run away from it. Embracing the unfamiliar isn’t easy, but it’s a great way to stand head-and-shoulders above your peers who fear failure.
2. Communicate with a sense of urgency.
Along with embracing change is being able to communicate the urgency of the new and different in ways that compel your team to take action.
But, your management/communications style must convey these messages to your team calmly and with confidence.
3. Seek out help.
No one knows everything, which is why you have a skilled team of professionals who can help you make valuable decisions that may affect their future as well as your own. Use them.
Don’t hesitate to tap your list of contacts via LinkedIn or a professional organization like the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) to help you build your skill set. Everyone could use a good mentor… even you.
4. There are only winners.
Our society is so conditioned to having winners and losers, yet such attitudes are roadblocks to developing a management style that embraces mutual collaboration, cooperation and respect. It is this kind of scenario in which everyone wins.
For assistance with management improvements at your facility, contact Vanguard Resources.