When you manage a large team, it’s easy to feel as though you spend more time wrangling people than guiding them. Providing personal attention and making sure everyone takes responsibility can be tough, especially when there are so many moving parts. So, how can you put in place systems and processes that help you manage more effectively? How can you make sure everyone feels supported? And, what’s the best way to create an environment where everyone takes initiative and ownership of their work — even when you’re not in the room?
Do You Manage Too Many People?
The more direct reports you have, the harder it is to give each of them personal attention. Yes, you’re stretched thin and you’ve got a lot on your plate, but when you come across as too busy for your employees, you make them feel as if they don’t matter. So how can you be a supportive manager if you manage a large team? It comes down to giving your team members agency and autonomy. The key is to keep the high-stakes decisions for yourself and delegate the rest. You should still guide and advise your team members. But giving them the latitude to make their own decisions will not only increase their productivity, it will also help them develop new skills.