BUS201: Principles of Management
Instructor: Dennis Yeatman
November 10, 2014
The role of a manager is a very crucial role in an organization. It is necessary for a manager to also be a leader. There are several traits a manager should possess in order to be an effective manager such as: the ability to utilize modern technology, use active listening skills, be emotionally stable, manage relationships, not employees, adapt and be flexible, recap information obtained at meetings, and conversations, judge resources, be a visionary, endorse ethical practices and standards, and welcome diversity in the workplace. The trait theory of management is based on the character of a manager.
Effective managers exemplify dissimilar personality traits than non-effective managers. The role of a manager is contingent upon the organization, but what is the actual role of a manager in any organization? A manager is required to staff employees, support and motivate staff members to excel at their highest potential. A manager will set goals for their employees, and challenge their team to broaden their horizons. A manager reinforces the organization's policies to ensure they are contributing to the organization's main goal. An effective manager will recognize their employee’s accomplishments; moreover, rewarding their staff for the accomplishments. A manager is not only responsible for noticing staff's outstanding achievements; nevertheless, holding staff member’s accountable when they are not meeting their highest potential. Managers are required to make certain staff members are working in a safe environment, and providing employees with resourceful information concerning employment policies, and division changes.
Now that we have a broad idea of what a manager does. We may look further into what a manager’s function entails. A role of a manager is to make sound decisions for an organization, while learning and pushing toward the success of the organization. Management is “the planning, organizing, leading and controlling of human and other resources to achieve organizational goals efficiently and effectively” (Jones, George 2011). Management is comprised of various amounts of responsibilities, and tasks that may be upheld by a manager in order to achieve organization goals (Frederick 2001). A manager must be able to lead and set direction. Leading can apply to one’s self, a group of individuals, a society, or a team. The role of a manager in a typical organization must exemplify exceptional organizational skills, have power to staff employees, have incomparable directing skills, and possess good communication skills without being reluctant to take control and be a leader. Additionally, a manager must be informative, and knowledgeable of all company policies and procedures. A manager obligation is to be able to function in all areas of the organization, for example, if an employee calls in sick or resigns without notification. A manager must be able to intervene and fill the role until another employee is staffed. A manager must be eager and capable to get in the trenches with the employees to perform every task within their scope of practice. Managers must be able to identify a problem while using critical thinking skills to promptly discover an effective resolution.
There are several important traits a manager must possess in order to be successful in any organization. Traits that may have been effective 20 years ago do not pertain to today’s society. This is why a large number of managers are not successful. For example, just as systems on a computer change, a manager should be able to change by empowering themselves on how to use new systems and technology. Computer systems are not the same as they were 20 years ago; and the same principle pertains to different styles of management. When managing one cannot implement the same procedures and expect them to be effective in an updated system of