Basic Functions of a Manager Essay

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Basic Functions of a Manager
Gary Turner

September 2014

Basic Functions of a Manager A manager is someone who manages a group of people in a department or a specific area in a department. As part of having the title “manager” a manager should be able to hire people for his or her department or area of responsibility. The manager should also be able to plan, set goals, lead and organize the activities and resources pertinent to his or her roles of responsibility; therefore, there should be five key management functions a manager should be able to accomplish: Plan, Organize, Staff, Lead and Control (Dawn, 2003). The first primary key function of a manager is planning. A manager should be
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The manager is responsible for staffing his or her department in the organization. A manager needs to be able recruit or hire the ideal candidates department. The manager should be able evaluate the idea candidate whether the candidate has the skill sets or would be a good fit for the team. Having people in the department with the skill sets to do the job contributes in accomplishing the departmental and organizational goals. Since the manager is responsible for staffing his or her department for the organization, the manager has to lead the department—the fourth key function of a manager. Leading involves supervising, coaching, motivation and leadership (Dawn, 2003). Managers need good communication skills to ensure the staff understands their message. Managers need to be able to listen for feedback, comments, and questions to assist with preventing mistakes and staying on track regarding the goals outlined in the planning stage. Managers should have the ability to motivate his or her staff with incentive for professional development and recognize team members publicly for a doing a good job. Also, if it is determine the staff is having a challenge with a particular situation, the manager should be able to provide encouragement to—thinking out of the box, or through coaching (Dawn, 2003). Also, a manager should “lead by example, having ethical practices, personal integrity and passion, enthusiasm and

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