According to a study published by Development Dimensional International, 85% of executives are not confident in their leadership pipelines. As a manager is considered the most crucial cog in the giant machinery of an organization, the lack of ability to effectively manage the workforce becomes one of the biggest hindrances.

There’s a fine line between ‘Management’ and ‘Effective Management’. Interestingly, the effectiveness of the manager is measured by his efficiency at making necessary decisions as per varied scenarios and how successful he is at getting everybody on the team to feel enthusiastic about achieving the defined objectives of the company. When a manager takes cognizance of his/her role, one can start the path towards being an effective manager.

As the role of the manager has been prevalent since times immemorial, there are some golden rules which a manager can follow:

1. Being Consistent

The first rule since it is the cord that will bind all the other rules together. Before any approach can become effective, it has to be consistent. A manager must try to be consistent in his approach when a desirable or undesirable trait appears in the employees. Inconsistency in the actions of a manager will only breed confusion in the minds of the employees that will, eventually, lead to disorganization.

2. Using Communication Effectively

This can make or break any team effort. As per the results of a global study, 69% of employees believe that miscommunication is the major reason for disorganization in an enterprise. While relaying work, guidelines, or just the not so important company update, a manager should always strive for clarity and thoroughness.

3. Setting an Example

As Socrates famously said, “The best way to teach anything to a person is by embodying it.” You can teach your employees about good working habits and give them lessons in being their best working selves by being the person who does all that. It will also increase the respect your employees have for you making them more agreeable to your suggestions.

4. Public Recognition of Hard Work

In the words of Peter F. Drucker “What’s measured is improved”. Nothing feels better to a person than the public recognition of their work, more so if they have put their heart and soul in it. When a team member or an employee does something exceptional, you should reward them with a trophy, bonus, or just a vocal recognition. Doing it in front of the group would also promote that behavior as a desirable trait.

5. Transparency is Crucial

If there is something that shares a common denominator of being disliked by everybody, it is hypocrisy. If you are transparent with your workforce, it signals integrity that will become the bedrock for building trust with individual members of the workforce. Lying or withholding information from your employees would eventually make you lose your command over the team as a good leader.

6. Inviting Feedback

In a study conducted by the SIA analytics group, 36 percent of the employees cited a lack of involvement as the reason for their resignation. If an employee disagrees with your managerial decisions or company policy, the manager must never try to silence that person by humiliating them. The first step is to listen and then try to start a dialogue among your team members.

7. Recognizing and Respecting the Individuality of Workers

An effective manager should never try to use the "one size fits all" tactic. It is easy to apply initially, however in the long run, it only backfires. A team is composed of unique individuals with different strengths and weaknesses. While distributing tasks, a manager should focus on the different sets of capabilities of the individuals and customize his approach accordingly.

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