At the beginning of our Manager’s Roadmap Program, we ask our participating managers what they find challenging in their role and what it is they enjoy about managing their teams.
Managers often feel caught between the demands of their company AND their employees. Their challenges and enjoyments truly reflect that.
Challenges in being a manager
- Diversity in Several Forms– Managers cited how diverse their employees are in age, race and personalities. This creates communication challenges for the manager in working with their employees one-on-one, and also the potential for conflict within their diverse team.
- The Disruptive Employee – This is the employee who has been problematic over a period of time. The manager doesn’t know how to address the disruptive behavior or feels like they don’t have the organization’s support to take action.
- Time Management – This is a recurring issue whenever we offer the Manager’s Roadmap Program. Managers have very high demands on their time and energy from their direct managers. Other departments also demand time and energy. Thus, many feel like they are in too many meetings. They feel like they are just getting by, and just getting the work done. This exacerbates the next challenge.
- Ineffective Delegation – Managers don’t know how to effectively delegate work to their employees. Some have challenges in doing it in such a way that their employees stay engaged. Others are high achievers. So, it is difficult to delegate tasks to someone they don’t trust to uphold their same standards.
- Managing Up and Across – Many managers feel they need to manage up, but with differing reasons. Some managers see opportunities to make a positive impact in the organization, but they don’t feel they have the support to make the required changes. Some managers feel the need to buffer their employees, or even their whole team, from the next level or senior management.
- Conflicting Business Goals – Managers reference that their goals are often in conflict with the goals of other managers. It is a challenge to get work done when they don’t have the support of other managers. The workplace then feels like it becomes political.
What they enjoy about being a manager
- Coaching Employees to Success and Growth –Managers see employees come to their teams with limited skills, knowledge, and confidence. Then, those same people grow into their roles. Many managers cite the promotions their employees receive as a source of tremendous pride.
- Winning and Celebrating Success– Managers like to win and have their teams feel successful. They enjoy celebrating those wins with their teams.
- Contributing to the Organization – Managers see the impact they have on the organization. They feel good about that. Some even see that they influence how the organization works and solve significant issues.
- Building and Leading a Team – Managers enjoy getting their employees aligned to common goals and building a team. Some reference clearing roadblocks so their team can do their work and be successful.
- Growing Their Leadership Abilities – Some managers have been in their roles for a long time and are able to see that they’ve grown their own leadership skills on the job.
Being a manager is challenging, but every manager who has participated in our program has had a strong desire to be successful and to make a difference for his or her employees AND company.
They need help with the challenges! You need to provide them help and support so they can be successful.
One critical way you can support them is to provide the training they really want. Our Successful Managers Roadmap has proven to be highly successful in helping managers navigate these challenges.
Contact Team Building for Success to learn more.