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Mastering Management Styles: Expert Guidance for Managers

Book Description

Discover and perfect your ultimate management style for success in your role

  • Get to grips with the elements of management styles

  • Choose the right style for you, your team, your workplace, and the situation

  • Packed full of management tips, tricks and real-life case studies to show you how to manage your team effectively

  • In Detail

    The way you choose to interact with your employees is a critical influence on your success as a manager, as well as determining the quality of your employees’ work and the tone of your office. Your superiors will make note of how you handle matters of management, and so will your employees. Many managers, especially when they are new to the role, can find themselves struggling and reacting blindly to situations rather than calmly choosing the correct management style. It’s essential that you be well equipped to handle your role as a manager.

    This handy guide takes you through the various elements of management style, and shows you how to decide on the best approach to take in a variety of situations and with different types of employee. Drawing on years of management expertise, it will enable you to bring out the best in your employees.

    Mastering Management Styles looks at the various components of management style and shows you how to combine them in the way that best suits each type of situation you’ll face. When should you be consultative with your employees? When should you be directive? How much coaching should you offer them, and how should you do it? How do you balance the interests of your employer with those of your employees? How do you distinguish between different types of employee? All of these topics are covered in this practical instruction manual for managers, providing you with a go-to set of analytical tools and hands-on strategies that will make you a much more effective and successful manager.

    About the Author

    Harris Silverman is a Management Coach and Career Counselor who works on the development of management skills, career planning, and career advancement with both corporations and individuals. He has extensive experience in employee development in both the public and private sectors, and holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Education degree, in addition to a BA. He is available for consultation both by telephone and in person, worldwide. He is based in Toronto, Canada. For more information about Harris and to read his blog, please visit www.HarrisSilverman.com.

    Table of Contents

    1. Mastering Management Styles: Expert Guidance for Managers
      1. Mastering Management Styles: Expert Guidance for Managers
      2. Credits
      3. About the Author
      4. About the Reviewers
      5. Preface
        1. Conventions
        2. Reader feedback
        3. Piracy
      6. 1. Why Management Style Matters
        1. Why style matters
        2. The elements of management style
          1. Two axes
          2. Guidance
          3. Orientation
        3. Adapt!
        4. Managing on a spectrum
        5. Managing work versus managing people
        6. Case study: Dave and Rhonda
        7. Summary
      7. 2. The Elements of Management Style: Direction versus Consultation
        1. Case study: Dave and Rhonda
        2. What is the direction/consultation axis?
        3. Managing on the direction/consultation spectrum
          1. Choosing between them
        4. The impact on employees
          1. The work
          2. The attitude of the employees
        5. Risks
        6. Case study: Dave and Rhonda
        7. Summary
      8. 3. The Elements of Management Style: Control versus Autonomy
        1. Case study: Dave and Rhonda
        2. What is the control/autonomy axis?
        3. Managing on the control/autonomy spectrum
          1. Choosing between control and autonomy
        4. The impact on employees
          1. The work
          2. The attitude of the employees
        5. Risks
        6. Case study: Dave and Rhonda
        7. Summary
      9. 4. The Elements of Management Style: Coaching, Mentoring, and Supporting
        1. Case study: Dave and Rhonda
        2. Coaching
          1. What is coaching?
          2. When to coach
          3. How to coach
          4. Coaching is a collaboration
          5. Non-managerial coaching
        3. Mentoring
          1. What is mentoring?
          2. When to mentor
          3. How to mentor
        4. Support
          1. What do we mean by support?
          2. When to offer support
        5. Risks
        6. Case study: Dave and Rhonda
        7. Summary
      10. 5. The Elements of Management Style: The Organization or the Employee?
        1. Case study: Dave and Rhonda
        2. The organization/employee spectrum
        3. The interests of the organization
          1. Differences between organizations
        4. The interests of the employee
        5. Striking the balance
        6. The impact on employees
        7. Risks
        8. Case study: Dave and Rhonda
        9. Summary
      11. 6. Differences Between Employees
        1. Case study: Dave and Rhonda
        2. Differentiating between employees
          1. Experience levels
          2. Personality types
          3. Direction, control, coaching
          4. Introverts and extraverts
          5. Ways of working
          6. Creative people
        3. The impact on employees
        4. Risks
        5. Case study: Dave and Rhonda
        6. Summary
      12. 7. Conclusion: Things to Remember
        1. Adaptability
        2. Adapting to the nature of your employees
        3. Adapting to the nature of the work
        4. Adapting to the needs of the organization
        5. Your place on the team
        6. Be part of the team
        7. Be tolerant of mistakes
        8. Your personal issues
        9. Summary