How is Saturday? Today we are touching a bit on management
functions. There are many areas of business that will require management and
these functions are applicable in all those areas:
Planning, Leading, Organizing and Controlling. These are the basic management functions no matter which area of management. No matter where you go, every manager should plan, lead, control and organize things. The word manager comes from the Latin word managere, which means someone who rides a horse and directs it to a certain direction. The study of the historical development of words is something that I love so much and it is called etymology. Management matters for both small and big organizations. Without a management structure, an organization won’t go far, ideas won’t have a structure to fall into. A manager must be able to lead subordinates for the achievement of the different organizational goals and outcomes.
For a manager to effectively lead, he or she must always be upgrading their level of awareness. It’s not good for a manager to have more gaps in knowledge and wisdom than subordinates! As a leader, be always on the path of learning and self-development acquiring new information and knowledge. A good manager should not limit people’s potential. Instead he or she should nurture it and also cultivate people’s gifts and create room for them. The greatest reason why people leave their jobs has to do with sour relationships with superiors and bosses! A good manager is a good leader who understands people and how they think. People can be frustrated if they work with a bad manager or leader! When people work with a bad leader, they are bound to have low morale and thereby affect productivity.
Some workers’ concerns are genuine and should be addressed for improved productivity and organizational performance. A good manager is flexible and adaptive! I have seen many managers and leaders who are so rigid and cannot move an inch from a certain position to the detriment of the organization. This must not happen, inflexibility results in companies losing out on opportunities that could benefit the organization. In fact, the greater percentage of companies who fail to adapt to changing circumstances and end up closing shop is attributable to rigid management!