Anyone who has ever worked an entry level job knows that there is a big difference between a good manager and a bad manager.

Good managers are well liked by both employees and customers, they promote a good work environment and, most importantly, they produce the best results. Bad managers are often disliked, hate going to work every day, and it is more often than not reflected in the productivity of the company.

Becoming a Good Manager

Whether you run a small business or you are a manager in a larger organization, a good business starts with good management. So with that in mind, here are the four keys to becoming a good manager.

Start With Yourself

It has often been said that the best way to lead is by example. This is especially true when it comes to management. There is nothing that can undermine you like yourself. If you give your employees one instruction, and then act in a completely opposite manner, they will be far more inclined to follow what you do, than what you say. Nobody likes a hypocrite.

What is more, productivity starts at the top, so when you work hard, it trickles down the company, providing all around better results. So take a good look at yourself at work.

How productive is your day? How often do you interact with your customers/clients/employees? Do people at work see you as a good leader/person/worker? Answer these questions first, before you tackle the rest of the company.

Look For Ways To Improve

Many businesses fall into the trap of tradition. Just because something has been working fine for years does not mean that there is no room for improvement. It might not be broke, but you can still fix it! Start paying attention to things that could be changed to improve your company. Talk to customers and listen to their ideas about the way that your business is being run.

You are bound to find that there are plenty of ways to make small adjustments that make huge differences, without hindering your company’s integrity or sense of tradition.

Treat Employees With Respect

Respect is a two-way street. All too often bosses stomp around their workplace like angry tyrants, and they wonder why they do not command the respect of their employees. If your employees feel valued and understood, they are more likely to do their job, and most importantly, do it well.

Pressure-free and friendly work environments are the ones that thrive. Plus, if your company is made up of people who love their job, there is more of a chance that they will stay for the long term, providing years of valuable service.

Reward

Nothing motivates a team of people like friendly competition. Offer a reward to your employees for good work, and this means more than just an “employee of the month” title. Bonuses or other exciting rewards for hard work will show your employees that you are grateful for the hours that they put in. And don’t forget to reward yourself every once in a while!