Managerial Duties And Responsibilities For Every Manager Job

By on June 29, 2011 with 20 Comments


A Manager’s success in becoming one of the greatest managers ever depends understanding the managerial duties and responsibilities and ensure the key managerial activities are done well and done right. It is imperative for the Manager to have an in depth understanding of the Managerial duties and responsibilities in the scope of the Manager Job. Given the fact that every organization philosophy is not the same, the nature and kind of people are not the same, it is even more challenging to identify those key common activities of a manager’s role that hold credible in every organization.

Based on research conducted over thousands of managers worldwide, Gallup had identified four key activities to be an effective manager. Playing the role of talent catalyst in the organization is one of the critical aspects of manager job, the managers should challenge the conventional approach of the below listed four activities. So what does the role of Catalyst mean?  Briefly, the role of a catalyst that the manager is expected to play in the organization is about releasing each employee’s performance into meaningful performances as per the organization standard. An effective manager is supposed to carry out the four activities as listed below in any organization while handling any amount of people as team members as a role of Catalyst

Selection of the person

Setting Expectations from the team members

Motivate the team members

Develop and nurture the team members


The success of effectively managing these activities as a part of the manager job, it is recommended that you select one team member at a time and spare adequate effort and time. The newer approach to these activities are widely accepted and practiced by the world’s greatest managers and form the part of managerial competencies,  the approach to each of these activities are outlined below:

Selection of person: Conventionally, any selection of person in a team is based on the person’s experience, intelligence, persistency etc but the newer approach urges mangers to select people based on the talent. The world over, effective mangers today spend significant time and energy to select talent for the organization and not just mere individuals to fill a role/vacancy.

Setting Expectations from the team members: To fulfill the targets, good managers often contract on the right steps to be taken with the team members. However, one managerial competency that very few managers possess is  that  of doing the same thing by defining the outcomes and not only the steps

Motivate the team members: Often Managers make the mistake of motivating team members by supporting/helping them to identify and overcome weaknesses and as a result focus on the weakness of individuals. World’s greatest managers in fact focus on the strengths of team members and teach them to capitalize on the strengths. 

Develop and nurture the team members: Traditionally, the managers’ role in the team members’ development is outlined to help him to learn and get promoted. However, good managers make a difference if they help the team members to identify the right fit for them.

The background and context of these four key activities to managers’ success in the role of a catalyst is outlined in details in the book, First, Break All The Rules.   These activities weave the Managerial duties and responsibilities of every manager job globally.

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Category: Talent Management

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. View author profile.

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  1. Subhasis Das says:

    Dear Madam,

    It’s great to read your writings.
    Looking for something on Ethics and Values.


    Subhasis Das
    97111 59508

    • Sudakshina Bhattacharya Sudakshina Bhattacharya says:

      Dear Subhasis,

      Thanks fro visiting HRCrest. I am glad to know that you liked the posts.

      Sure, I will soon write on Ethics and Values as well.

      Keep commenting, it will help me write more on relevant topics.



  2. Sandeep says:

    Dear Boss;

    Another fantastic article on the subject which was suddenly lost in the overall leadership transition.

    To be a successful manager these qualities are of utmost important.

    Expectation setting and Motivating team members and specially working on there streangth will definately help individuals to overcome all short comming.

    thanks boss keep writting.

    suggestion-“Politics in work place” should be another topic that we would love to read and also how to to handle the same would be added advantage.

    • Sudakshina Bhattacharya Sudakshina Bhattacharya says:

      Dear Sandy,

      Thanks for your comment. I will surely write something on “politics at work place” soon. Till then, you may like to read this book named “Empowered Manager” by Peter Block. Very insightful and informative on the topic you want to know about.

      Keep commenting.



    • Pradip Kumar Das says:

      Dear madam,

      I fully agree with you. Could you please provide me some
      Tips for a effective manager ?

      Best regards,
      Pradip Kumar Das

      • Dear Pradip,

        Thanks for visiting HR Crest

        There are lots of articles on Managerial effectiveness, you may look up the related topics section and or the Tips and Tutorials category. You will find a host of articles on managerial effectiveness.

        If you want me to write on some specific challenges that you may face as a manager, feel free to let me know.

        Also, visit our youtube channel, the videos on Managerial effectiveness, role of manager, etc may be useful.

        Keep visiting HR Crest for lots more.



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  4. Mukhtar Gabbar says:

    people may have a different view and interest which may result confilict so as a manager you choose one of the ideas which your staff submitted to you then the one you left his idea always misunderstand so how can we eliminate or reduse this kind of misunderstand

    • Dear Mukhtar,

      Thanks for visiting HR Crest.

      If I am right in understanding, your question is :

      “How does a manager deal with different team members’s ideas impartially?”. Its a well placed question and the manager should implement an idea that is best for the organization and explain the reason for choosing that idea to all the team members. Communication helps resolve all doubts.

      Hop you find the articles in HR Crest useful to you, Keep visiting us




    DEAR MADAM,its great to read from your article and it educative.thank

  6. LaToya says:

    Please explain to me how the skill requirements for managerial jobs in the U.S. are changing by increasing the use of social media.

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