7 Blogs That’ll Make You a Better Manager

December 11, 2017

These blogs are must-reads for managers.

Being a manager is hard. Really hard.

On one hand, you have to manage your people. That means developing them, keeping them engaged and hiring well.

On the other hand, you need to get results. That means thinking strategically, building cross-functional partnerships and keeping your employees focused.

That can be a tough balance, with expectations coming from all sides. It’s difficult to know what to do, when to do it and all the skills that are necessary to lead effectively.

Well, we are here to help. Here are seven blogs that’ll make you a better manager:

1.    7 Things Every New Manager Should Do In Their First Month on the Job

Our most popular blog ever by far, it’s a play-by-play of the things any manager should do during the first 30 days of their job. Tasks include developing professional relationships with your staff (not friendships), clarifying expectations with your boss and setting expectations with your team.

For new managers, it’s a must-read. But what if you aren’t a new manager? Well, it’s still a must-read – you want to make sure you’ve checked all seven off the list. If you haven’t, it isn’t too late to start.

2.    Why You Should Coach Your Employees (And How to Do It)

Great managers are great coaches. Unfortunately, not every manager learns how to effectively coach.

This article solves that. It gives you specific instructions on how to coach your employees, which is essential for getting the absolute most out of them.

3.    The Conversation People Want to Have With Their Boss – But Aren't

The biggest reason employees leave their job is for career advancement. You, as a manager, can drastically reduce turnover – or, at the very least, better prepare for it – by knowing your employees’ career ambitions and helping them move closer to their goals.

The problem? Most managers don’t know their employees’ career ambitions because they don’t talk to them about it. This article shows how to handle that conversation and the benefits that come with it.

4.    People Hate Micromanagers. Here Are 3 Tips to Not Being One

One of the biggest mistakes bosses make is that they don’t delegate enough. Not only does this suck up all their time and prevent them from thinking strategically, it also causes resentment among their employees and curbs development.

Managers micromanage because they haven’t mastered the skill of delegating. This article gives you three rules to follow you that ensure you delegate effectively and avoid being a micromanager.

5.    How to Make Decisions Like a CEO

Management isn’t just about managing people. It’s also about making smart, fast decisions that put your team on the right track.

This is easier said than done. This article helps, listing out nine questions you should ask yourself before making any big decision.

6.    You Have 7 Seconds to Make a Good First Impression. Here’s How to Do It.

The last thing you want as a leader is for your message to be lost because you have bad body language.

Well, this article aims to fix that. Using advice from our Body Language for Leaders course, it provides step-by-step instructions on having great body language each time you meet someone new.

7.    Want to Be a Great Boss in 5 Years? You Need to Learn These Skills

Last but not least, a boss’s job – like every other job – is always changing. The skills that make you a good boss today won’t necessarily be the skills that’ll make you a good boss tomorrow.

Enter this article. Using advice from leadership experts, we identified the skills great bosses are going to need to master in five years – and the courses that teach them.

Want to become a better boss? These LinkedIn Learning courses can help: