For many front-line managers, what makes them effective is that they remember what it was like for them when they were in the rank and file. Putting yourself in your employees' shoes will help you develop and maintain the kind of day-to-day habits that separate the mediocre managers from the motivational stars. Here are a few tried-and-true habits you should be practicing every day:
Listen to your team. Your people are your richest sources of input. Who else knows as well as they do what their jobs are like, minute by minute and day by day? A manager who isn't open to the team's ideas is missing a lot—and foolishly giving the message that only managers know what's what. Establish a reliable and easy way for ideas to reach you, and you'll see a lot of potential complaints turn into creative solutions. Even ideas that may not be useful deserve respectful attention.
Let people know you have a boss, too. This may be obvious to y...(register to read more)