8 Easy Ways For Managerial Effectiveness – What are Effective Managerial Skills?

By on August 6, 2011 with 4 Comments

” When as a Manager you look at the personal growth as a motivator for your employees, it changes their outlook towards their work, in more than one way, you help them become more capable and that makes them see the meaningful purpose in coming to work and doing what they do”  

It needs no introduction or context setting that all managers look for ways for managerial effectiveness and often debate about what are the Effective Managerial skills? The key element towards managerial effectiveness is to get people to do their jobs and get them to do it in the best of their abilities. How does one really get the employees to do the job well? It is challenging to align people’s delivery to the targets to be achieved from the organisation and from the managers’ perspective. It is an ongoing exploratory journey and every manager figures out his own style and mantra to do that. Over a period of time one realizes there is no magic mantra to get the best out of the employees as no employee is same as the other and it is an incredibly challenging task to deal with diverse people and make them work towards one goal.

The following 8 easy ways for managerial effectiveness may help you, as a manager, to understand your role better and get your employees to give their best and help you succeed in achieving your targets. These may also help you answer the question, “What are effective managerial skills?”


This is a strong indicator of managerial behavior effectiveness. Try these 8 easy ways for Managerial effectiveness at your work place and with your employees. You would observe it is an engaging, learning and an exploratory process to keep finding new answers to what are effective managerial skills?

1. Build a Motivated Work Place

As a Manager it is important to know why your employees would want to be motivated by you. If you have the answer to this question, you will find yourself better equipped to engage your employees and influence their behaviors that in turn will make them more enthusiastic to do their job at hand well. Secondly, to recognize that motivation is intrinsic. Each employee draws his/her motivation from within and external factors like work environment, recognition, pay checks, bonuses etc only affect/ influence that intrinsic motivation. Thirdly, it is imperative for every manager to inspire employees to be their best, to take risks and unleash the limitless potential each one of the have. after all, what else but these can set one apart from being only a manager and being a managerial leader.

2. What Drives People

Managers need to primarily know what drives the employees. It is important to put people in jobs that help them meet their individual needs while doing their work/job and that will reward you with a bunch of motivated employees who will perform their best and that will benefit the organisation. As a manager it is imperative to appreciate every employee is unique that their uniqueness should be recognized and each employee should be treated accordingly. Because each one is unique his/her drive/ motivation is unique too. It is hence necessary to shift gears and manage them uniquely too. Once you know as a manager what drives each employee, you can use that to make their work more fulfilling and merging their individual needs to those of the organisation by providing them work that meets their individual needs.

3. Employees Do It For Themselves

As a manager, if you aim to influence the employees’ motivation, you have to first understand their reason for doing things. Employees are not truly energized or motivated by your reasons. They need to know what is in it for them. If you can help them connect their personal goals to those of the organizations, it will affect each employees’ performance on the job that they do. It will benefit immensely if you are successful in setting up an approach that promotes personal and purpose for every employee. As a Manager when you emphasize personal growth and development as a tool to influence employees’ motivation, you help them maximize their productivity and help them impact organisation achievement in a positive manner.

4. Encourage Intelligent Risk Taking

It is important to remind the employees the benefits of intelligent risk taking, it is critical to encourage risk taking behavior as a learned behavior. The more risk they learn to take over time the greater those risks become and if they are coached well to take intelligent risks it becomes easier over a period of time and the pay offs are sure to benefit the organisation and you as a manager.

5. Show the people the Larger Business Environment

As an Influential Manager, it is your responsibility to help employees understand the organization, its finances, operation mechanisms, competition environment, innovative thinking to name a few of the facets. It is important to share with the employees about the organizations, the strategic perspectives rather than just about how to do their jobs or complete their assignments. As an effective manager, you will stand to gain immensely if you aim to develop smarter, more skilled and highly motivated employees who shoulder stretched targets and impact the organisation overall performance. To achieve this, sharing the larger business context and its nuances is mandatory. This will also foster more ownership behavior among the employees. So, an effective managerial communication is all about sharing he financial dashboards, operational efficiency indices etc with your employees help improve collaboration at work.

6. Make Employees Feel Like Partners

The Best Managers make their employees feel like Partners in the organisation rather than mere team members. Why do they do so? because when employees feel the ownership of something, they care for it more and work for its betterment, often to achieve the best. It is a defining quality of a good manager to encourage entrepreneurial thinking among the employees, explain how the business is run and help employees feel as if they own the business. The transformation in your thinking as a manager increases the employees’ movement from an employee to a partner in the business.

7. Know Your Competition

Competitive environment energizes employees and when they who and what they are competing against, their motivation levels automatically rises. It is great tool to bring people together and make them perform at higher levels than its competitors that in turn help the organisation grow. As a Manager you will stand to gain if you help employees to compete in the market by showing them how to compete by teaching them to learn more about the industry and stay abreast with the current developments in the market place. You may nominate employees to track competition data, circulate competition analysis reports, creating a learning repository of competition success factors etc. Being an effective manager, you may want to induce the culture of knowing the competition and constantly striving to measure up against them and better the organisation dashboards. As a manager, it is also you responsibility to ensure management effectiveness.

8. Nurture creative and innovative thinking

The big leap in any group performance happens as a result of a breakthrough in the collective thought process. The Big idea gives rise to novel actions that impact organisation results and growth and that takes them to a different dimension. It is a key responsibility of the manager to nurture innovative and creative thinking in each employee by using tools like brainstorming, ideation sessions, investigation of innovative and creative ideas, experiment creative and innovation solutions at work etc. Continuously emphasizing the positive aspects of creative solution finding and advantages of innovation approach to work will help foster the culture of innovative and creative thinking among the employees.

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Sudakshina Bhattacharya

About Sudakshina Bhattacharya: Greetings to everyone from Sudakshina. I am a practicing HR professional for over a decade in various organisations in Telecom, Hospitality, Entertainment and Financial Services industry. I am currently leading the HR team for a reputed Financial Services Company. HR Crest is my special interest and I do hope you like reading what I share. Recently, Asia Pacific HR Congress conferred the "HR Professional Of The Year" award to me.Look forward to your encouragement through views, suggestions and contributions. These posts in HR Crest are my personal views and opinions based on my experiences. http://www.bschoolaffaire.com/jury.html http://www.asiapacifichrmcongress.com/APHRM%20Awards%202011.html View author profile.

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