How to be a confident manager
To meet the challenges of being a confident, galvanising, and respected manager, there are several core principles all assertive managers convey.
To be assertive, the manager must be able to acknowledge, welcome, and support workers who have new ideas; by valuing the diverse experiences, skills, and ideas of others, the assertive manager shows confidence. Managers who are uninterested or intimated by the initiatives of others are not assertive. Assertive managers encourage workers to brainstorm and share their ideas of how to make aspects of their job more efficient, safer, or cost effective, everyone benefits.
To be assertive, the manager must be able to inspire others through his/her own personal enthusiasm for the project, task, or challenge at hand; by being passionate, the assertive manager sparks a desire in others to rise to the occasion and produce the best work possible. Managers who are unhappy or dissatisfied with their own role are not assertive. Assertive managers know that the optimism, dedication, and fervour they display on a regular basis will encourage others to be like-minded.
To be assertive, the manager must be able to be a team leader and acknowledge the efforts and talents of others; by celebrating the successes and accomplishments of others, the assertive manager encourages those around him/her to excel. Managers who do not take the time to acknowledge, reward, and/or celebrate the achievements of others are not assertive. Assertive managers are well-balanced and proud of the hard work of those under their leadership.
Finally, to be assertive, the manager must be able to serve as a role model of how others can and ought to act in any company-related environment; by always being aware that others are looking to the manager for insight and direction on what is appropriate or how to handle certain challenges, the assertive manager readily influences others to remain composed, calm, and confident in even the most potentially-volatile situation. Managers who are easily angered or display inappropriate behaviour at a company-related event are not assertive. Assertive managers know that the old adage, “Actions speak louder than words” holds true for managers everywhere — whether at the corporate office, in the plant, out in the field, or during the company picnic.
Assertive managers inspire and encourage others to get extraordinary things accomplished in the workplace; they motivate all individuals to fully utilize their own particular unique gifts, talents, and skills while working collaboratively as team members.