Choosing Your Management Style

Management styles are the different practices and exercises that utilized everyday in making decisions and relating to subordinates while conducting business. Managers have to perform many roles in an organization and exactly how they handle the many complex situations will be the tell-tale sign of their style of management. The educational institutions that future business managers may vary in the material used or examples offered during the learning process, but the bottom line is to keep the information and examples up-to-date with today's industries.

Management and leadership styles work together with the skills that are learned to influence their staff and to promote increased motivation and performance. However, it is not just a matter of choosing an individual style. Managers will generally gravitate towards the style that best fits their personalities and characteristics. These management styles tend to change as the culture and the skills of the employees in any set work environment. The key to a successful manager is the ability of the manager to adapt to the changing face of the workplace while remaining diverse enough to keep their practices consistent. A major problem in numerous work environments is that the management styles change too frequently and does not remain consistent.

Focusing on the rapid changes in the Information Technology field and the growing number of multi-cultural work environments that outsourcing has created, consistent and stable management styles prove to be an asset. With the fast pace that technologies change, so does the need to keep employees up to date and on top of the best technology available. During this process more and more companies opt for younger and more recent educated employees, that less seasoned and experienced. With the absence of the experience the Newer and Younger managers tend to emulate management styles from their past or present management teams as their own. This can prove to be a very weak link in the successful operation of the business due to the adapted style maybe one that is not cohesive with their new manager's personality or experience.

A few of the most common exercises of a good management and employee working environment are:

• Team Work – Creating an environment that everyone is working together and chasing for the same common goal instead of "I'm the boss and you do what I say" type of working relationship.

• Consistency – Keep the working relationship consistent and avoid confusing the "Office Personality" and "Home Personality" this will set its own limits within the working relationship.

• Ownership – Make sure the whole team remains engaged in every facet of the job or project and help them to take ownership in their part.

• Communication – Maintain communication at all times and keep yourself available. Avoid offering an "Open Door Policy" if it will be used to evaluate one's work. Communication between management and employees can make all the difference in the world.

• Inclusion – Keep in mind that the production and the consistency of the employees is a key factor in evaluating and displaying the effectiveness of the management. Make sure that each and every employee has a sense of value to the team and the end result.

Although these are minor points, each and everyone can be continuously expanded as to their relevance to any industry. But in a larger picture, the managers of today can learn an enormous amount from the managers of yesterday. The laws and practices are constantly changing and a successful manager can not sit back and wait for a new class, be proactive and find all of the information you can on the management style that best fits you and your work environment and put it to use.