How to better manage yourself

Supervising others can be extremely rewarding but also challenging. The key to becoming a successful manager however, is not only about managing employees but also yourself.

A smiling suited man working on a laptop When you start out in your first managerial role, take time to understand the business you are working in and further to that, the contribution your department makes to the business. Once you know more about these factors you will be able to focus your team on the organisations missions and values.

As a manager, you should take responsibility for the performance of those working for you. However, you should also consider your own personal and professional goals and continue your own training and development.

As a manager you will be expected to do this because your knowledge and skills will be integral to the success of your department. You will need to know:

  • how to motivate and lead others;
  • how to delegate effectively;
  • how to identify problem situations;
  • how to provide constructive feedback and how to listen to your staff.

You should also be able to manage your time effectively because you will need to focus on what is important.

When you start your management career you will make mistakes however, you should learn to be patient as you build on your skills.

The IET runs courses which may help you to develop your managerial skills, plus if you have any specific questions, you can also consult with professionals working in industry by posting in the relevant technical and professional network sections of the online Engineering Communities.