Developing Your Management Style

While itís important to think about what type of manager you want to be, itís also important to evolve into your management style. Young managers should try different strategies and see what works best for them. The management side of this business is full of trial-and-error. Itís difficult to develop a management style without trying out a few techniques and seeing what works for you.

There are so many different management styles, but a few variables stand out.

∑ Micro-management vs. Laissez-faire style.
∑ Vocal leadership vs. Leadership by example.
∑ Pushy/demanding vs. happy/laid-back.

Young managers should work toward picking a style that works with the current staff and stick with it.

Be Yourself

This business wonít allow you to be false toward your co-workers and guests. Let your management style develop from who you are as a person and dovetail it with the needs of your staff. Your employees will appreciate your genuine-ness and honesty, and may find that they like working with you.

Ultimately, as managers we hire people who are like us. If you are a hiring manager, itís likely that your management style will work for you over time. But it has to be a product of your personality and values.

Donít Be Afraid to Turn over a New Leaf

A little bit of contrast is a great tool to get the attention of an employee or an entire staff. For example, if you are demure and laid-back, dropping a curse word or a mini-rant at a staff meeting can make a huge impact. Likewise, a stoic manager who puts an arm around the shoulder of an employee can really drive a point home.

Part of having a management style is using it to your advantage. Your priorities have to be intertwined with the way you manage your staff. If you are vocal and demanding, limit your demands to whatís really important. On the other hand, some managers convey plenty of knowledge and training with few words.

Once you have established your management style, donít be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone to drive a point home.

Be Adaptable

A basic tenet of management is knowing when to put your arm around an employee and when to bitch someone out. This is a difficult skill to develop even for sensitive managers, and it takes time to get it right. But the important point is that managers should know the importance of adjusting to employees to get a point across.

Nearly every manager will have an employee whose attention can only be riveted through a confrontation. The same can be said for an employee who will only absorb a message if it is delivered in a heart-to-heart sit-down. Managers lacking in touchy-feely skills will have trouble with this one.

Work to adjust your style when necessary. Business is nothing without evolution, and your business may depend on your adaptability to different types of employees.

Be Consistent

While adaptability is essential, itís also important to be consistent on a day-to-day basis. Nobody wants to come to work uncertain of which type of manager theyíll see when they walk in the door. Volatile managers keep employees at arm length, waiting for someone else to put their toe in the water.

Try remembering to be the same person on a slow Monday that you are on a crazy Saturday night. Of course, thatís much easier said than done. But itís a good goal for every young manager working to develop a management style and stick with it. Your guests will appreciate, your staff will thank you, and your bottom will reflect your consistency.