Jan 15, 2016

Ineffective managers vs. Effective managers

Aside from resignation could there be an instance when a manager is not a manager anymore? Yes! There are many instances when a manager is not a manager anymore. We all know that a manager is somebody who is in control of an office. Thus, he/she is the head of the office and every major decision emanates from him/her.

When does it become that an active manager is not a manager anymore or a manager in name only? It’s when there is no semblance of order and discipline in his/her office. It’s when his/her subordinates don’t respect him/her anymore. It’s when he/she fails to achieve the designated targets and objectives of his/her office. Therefore these kind of managers are incompetent or ineffective managers already.

Active or effective managers are those who create a culture of order and discipline in his/her office. This doesn’t mean that he would impose a military type of culture and discipline. But he should always see to it that order and discipline is always a pervading presence in the office that he holds. Thus he/she could do this by leadership by example. If the manager wants order and discipline he/she must first be an epitome of order and discipline otherwise there surely will be a failure of discipline.

Active or effective managers are those who are always respected by his/her subordinates. We all know that respect is always earned, it’s never given freely. Therefore if a manager wants respect from his/her people he/she should be competent in his/her job. It means that he/she should exert effort to know his/her job and it does not end by knowing his/her job alone.

He/she should also know the job of his/her subordinates. How could he/she effectively manage his/her office if the job that he/she only knows is his/her own job only? How could he/she earn the respect of his subordinates if he/she doesn’t know what they are doing?

Active or effective managers are those who always achieve or even exceed the designated targets and objectives of his/her office. This he/she could do best by harnessing the tools of management such as Planning, Organizing, Leading and Controlling.

Are you an Ineffective manager or an effective manager? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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