Every manager must have a set of principles, values, and core beliefs that he must follow. These principles, values, and beliefs make up his philosophy of management. Webster defines philosophy as “the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group.” (Webster) I will be discussing the principles, values, and beliefs I as a manager will have to do my job efficiently. I will also discuss the different biblical beliefs that support my management style.
I believe in a directive and conceptual decision style. When there is a small problem that requires a quick solution, I would use the directive decision style. This would be similar to a problem that I would have already dealt with in the past. For larger obstacles that come my way, I would take the conceptual approach. With the conceptual decision style, I can hold meetings with others on my staff and brainstorm different solutions to solving the problem. This would eventually lead to the best and most efficient solution.
A manager needs to be in constant communication with his staff. The lack of communication can lead to misunderstandings and dissatisfied employees. “Communication is the single most important skill of any manager.” (About.com) I believe this is statement from about.com is absolutely right. In order to lead, a leader must communicate his orders to his followers.
“Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.” (Titus 2:9-10) This verse has good guidelines on how employees are supposed to treat their employers. A manager must respect his employees in order to be respected. A great way to gain an employee’s respect is to do the employee’s job at least once. Every manager should do every job his staff does, no matter how low it is, at least once.
A manager is not a babysitter to his staff, and he should not shadow his employees. If there is a dispute between two employees at the workplace, the manager should let the employees resolve it themselves. If that dispute fails to get resolved and starts to affect the performance of others, then the manager needs to resolve the dispute for them. This may entail firing the employees involved in the dispute. Adults at the workplace should be able to resolve disputes themselves without any intervention from the employer.
I am going to provide a scenario and what the manager should do in the scenario. Scenario: A long time employee, Fred, with a perfect attendance record suddenly doesn’t show up to work for an entire week. Fred doesn’t notify the employer of the reason for his absence. The employer tries to contact Fred without any success. The employer then promotes one of his other employees, Mark, to the position that Fred had. After a week Fred returns back to work only to find out that Mark is doing his job. Fred tries to explain...