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What is a Manager? - Definition, Goals & Responsibilities

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Instructor: Sean Kennedy

Sean has 8 years experience as a supervisor and has an MBA with a concentration in marketing.

Are you wondering how to become a better manager and how to study what is needed to become a manager? In this lesson we will examine what a manager is, goals of management, and the importance of studying management.

What Is a Manager?

Are you tired of constantly taking orders? Do you like to help assist people to reach their goals? If your answers are yes, then you are a perfect fit to become a manager. In order to become a good manager, it is important to study management techniques that will make you successful in the workplace.

A manager is an expert in his or her field and is a support system for employees. Managers work within a business and work together as a team to achieve company goals. A manager is not a person who does a million things at once while employees take a back seat. It is vital for managers to delegate responsibilities to employees and assist them if they need help.

As a manager you have to put on many hats and be flexible. Imagine you are blindfolded and walking through a forest. Could you imagine how many times you would hit a tree or trip because you have no direction? It is your job to help employees navigate. If they trip, it is the manager's job to help them stand up and motivate them to achieve their goals. A manager who watches his or her employee trip and fail without helping them is not the kind of manager you want to be. Employees will feed off their manager's energy, and that positive energy will help create a successful work environment.

Goal of Management

The absolute goal of management is for managers to achieve high performance from themselves and also from employees. High performance is usually driven by a positive work environment. Employees should have the ability to address problems and concerns for management to fix. It is important for managers to create an environment that is professional. Managers have to make sure employees are doing what is necessary to fulfill the company's goals. A good manager does not have to yell at employees, but has the ability to talk to them and motivate them to be successful. Motivating employees helps give them the confidence to succeed within the company.

As a manager you must be ready to take on any task that is handed to you. Suppose you are a manager at an advertising agency. Two employees have called out sick and there is a big presentation later on in the day. What should you do? Should you run for the hills and scream? Of course not! As a manager, you have to come up with the next best option. You may have to fill in for an employee, learn the information fast, and present the meeting. A manager does what is necessary to achieve his or her goals.

Importance of Studying Management

Managers are leaders in their fields, and it is important to study how to become a successful manager. Studying management gives students an idea on how to deal with managers and co-workers in the future. Studying management should teach you as a manager to be clear when giving directions, and when an employee needs assistance it is your job to jump in and assist them.

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