Simple tips to be an effective General Manager

Here are some tips on how you can effectively carry out your duties as a General Manager of an organization.
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As a General Manager of your organization, you may have responsibilities that will include increasing profits of the company, overseeing the entire operations of a department or company, managing the employees, preparing the right budget, implementing marketing strategies, and several other aspects of the business. Here are some tips on how you can effectively carry out your duties as a General Manager of an organization.

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1) Communicate your goals openly:

It is important that the team that works with you understands what are the goals of the department or company. You can share with your team what are the monthly, quarterly, and yearly targets that the team needs to achieve. You can even ask for their feedback or opinions on how they think or feel they will be able to achieve the targets. If the team finds the targets are unrealistic and the expectations set on them are too much to handle, consider finding an alternative team.

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2) Lead positive and set the right example:

In order to be a good General Manager, you need to be a positive leader. Your employees should consider learning from you and take inspiration from you at a professional level. Your strengths should be utilized properly and a positive example should be set in front of the team members. For example, if you are good at leading a team, your team members should get to know what quality will help them to also lead a team in the long run. This will also help you to promote those team members who give their best. 

3) Create an inclusive work environment:

A good General Manager doesn't discriminate between various employees based on anything. There have to be equal rights for every employee to share their views on any matter that they consider to be important. You need to create a healthy work environment where people don't mock others. The work culture should be flexible but within limits. Organizations that create work structures and work cultures in a liberal manner tend to get more productivity from their employees who follow rigid work cultures.

4) Invest your time and resources in learning:

In order to lead effectively, you need to be a good learner and listener as well. Say, for example, your team lacks the required IT skills to complete their tasks in a timely manner. You need to encourage your team members to take up training programs during weekends or free hours of the workday in improving their skills. You can also coach them to do better so that helps them to keep their job secured in the market in long term.

5) Be a friendly manager who knows his limitations:

You may have the highest authority to sanction orders and sign letters but as a leader of your team, you are dealing with human beings. Do not think using your power and authority to get the work done from your members in an unfriendly manner will make them feel good. It will create more conflicts in the minds of the members so it is better you enjoy cordial relations with your team members.