There is nothing wrong with a finance manager good at just managing finance. Nothing wrong with a Business manager good at just securing business for the company. Well, that’s what they are paid for anyway. But is it enough?
In today’s business world, it is not enough for anyone to be outstanding only at their own area of expertise. For any successful company, they must have managers who can play many roles. Especially if the manager has a team to manage. So how many roles should a manager play?
1) Be the mentor
A company need talents in every department. So it’s either the company hire the talent, which often going to be expensive. Or, the company can train and develop those who deem to have potential. And the company will need the manager to take on the role of a mentor who can guide the employee.
2) Be the voice of the company’s values
Company need manager to be a firm believer of the company’s values. The manager is the bridge of communication between the senior management and the ground people. Therefore, it’s essential to the company that managers are regularly spreading the importance of the values to the employee.
3) Be the cheerleader
Especially in a team-structured environment, when the going get tough, the manager has to play the role of a cheerleader to boost the morale of the team. And usually, team members will put in their best once they see how much the manager cared for them.
I bet there are more roles that a company would like the manager to play. Still, the manager himself has to look at the workload and what’s expected of him from senior management. So that, he will not spread himself too thin and in the end, neglect his core responsibilities.
So what other roles of a manager do you think he/she should also play? Drop your thoughts in the comment section or share with us through my twitter.