Musthafa Ebadi
People Management
by Musthafa Ebadi on August 25th, 2011

Monday, March 8, 2010

My first topic of blogging would be favorite part of my job: People Management - an area that I am very passionate about. I truly believe that people management is not a skill but a talent - You either have it or you dont.

A manager's most important, most difficult, and if performed to perfection the most rewarding job is to manage people. As a people manager you must lead, motivate, inspire, and encourage your team. You have to earn their respect and build a relationship of trust.

To me those two words are the key differentiator in either having a successful and committed team or not. The biggest mistake that a people manager can do is to demand respect.

Respect is always earned and never demanded. You can earn the respect of your team for your knowledge, your framework of People Management objectives, processes, and best practices; and your effective habits including identifying clear and concise goals and expectations for each report, tools and resources to attain those goals, your ability to remove their barrier for success, and identifying their way forward within your organization.

Similarly you have to build a reciprocal relationship of trust with your team so they trust to bring their concerns and their problems to you, be able to trust you for addressing their concerns, they should trust your vision, buy in to your long term strategy, and trust your tactical plans.

Your team has to trust your leadership. They should trust that their opinions are valued and their ideas are welcome to build a better, optimal, and ideal organization.

They should trust that you respect them for who they are, and trust that they an important part of your organization and your decision makings. How you achieve all the above is my secret sauce that has contributed to my success as a people manager over the years!

If you have the talent of earning your team's respect and building a trusted relationship you would successfully eliminate the fear of conflict, increase their commitments to you and your business, you will have accountability and structure, and together you will thrive to attain aggressive goals and terrific results.

Equally important is to be a fair, committed, and exemplary so there is existence of accountability which is paramount in success of everything you do as a people manager and then sustaining that success.

Thanks for reading.

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