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How to Become a Manager


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Would you rather be a leader than a follower? Do you consider yourself to have the qualities of a born leader? Does the prospect of running or even owning a business from a leadership position appeal to you? If so, you could well be cut out for a career in management!

What Do Managers Do?

Managers work in literally thousands of areas and have very different daily duties. However, the one thing shared across all areas of management is the key principle – making sure the ‘machine’ works and taking charge of operations. You could be in charge of a human workforce, important business projects, health and safety, accounts and finance, key marketing matters or anything else besides. But when you’re the manager, you bear full responsibility for everything that happens under your watch.

Typical management duties may include:

  • Delegation of duties and workforce supervision
  • Carrying out business performance audits 
  • Scheduling and rostering 
  • Budgeting and cost monitoring 
  • Working to increase profitability 
  • Providing training, coaching and advancement opportunities 
  • Handling escalated customer complaints 
  • Reporting directly to business owners/executives 
  • Team building and coaching 
  • Handling disciplinary matters and dismissals 

Am I Right For the Job?

Being a manager is about far more than just telling people what to do. Anyone can bark orders at a team, but it’s something else entirely to inspire a team to want to work for you. It’s about understanding the difference between a manager and a leader – the traits of both coming together to produce the most capable professionals of all.

In order to succeed in management at any level, you will need:

  • Plenty of confidence and self-assuredness
  • Flawless communication and interpersonal skills
  • Enhanced listening skills
  • Plenty of patience and empathy
  • Acknowledgement that you remain part of a team at all times
  • A commitment to leading by example
  • The willingness to work extremely hard
  • Excellent time-management and organisation skills
  • The desire to help others become all they can be 

Management

Ongoing Progression
 
The sky really is the limit when it comes to both roles and rewards in a management setting. Introductory positions in team leadership for example may attach salaries of £20,000, while an HR manager may earn in excess of £30,000. Accounts managers may take home £30,000+, marketing managers around £40,000 and senior managers in excess of £50,000. It all comes down to position and level.
 
Professional Lifestyle
 
Great managers lead by example, which means they should never expect a member of the workforce to do something they themselves would be unwilling to do. As such, the lifestyle of the manager can be extremely dynamic and diverse, often calling for extended hours and plenty of patience in highly-charged situations.
 
“Becoming the manager of a team I used to be a part of wasn’t easy, but the support I received was really inspiring. I studied HR management to help me climb to team leader position, which made the most incredible difference to my overall drive, determination and confidence. I’ve now got my eye on much higher management positions and have no intention of slowing down anytime soon!” – Robert Mitchell, Team Leader
 
Taking the Next Step
 
It’s hard to climb the ranks in management without plenty of practical experience, while recognised qualifications can help promising candidates stand out from the crowd. Here at Brentwood Open Learning College, we offer an extensive range of management courses covering a variety of key business areas.
 
Study in your own time and at your own pace, with no deadlines or time restrictions to worry about. Our courses are available globally and could make a real difference to your long-term career prospects.
 
Check out our full list of management courses for further detail on available study programs.

Ongoing Progression

The sky really is the limit when it comes to both roles and rewards in a management setting. Introductory positions in team leadership for example may attach salaries of £20,000, while an HR manager may earn in excess of £30,000. Accounts managers may take home £30,000+, marketing managers around £40,000 and senior managers in excess of £50,000. It all comes down to position and level.

Professional Lifestyle

Great managers lead by example, which means they should never expect a member of the workforce to do something they themselves would be unwilling to do. As such, the lifestyle of the manager can be extremely dynamic and diverse, often calling for extended hours and plenty of patience in highly-charged situations.

“Becoming the manager of a team I used to be a part of wasn’t easy, but the support I received was really inspiring. I studied HR management to help me climb to team leader position, which made the most incredible difference to my overall drive, determination and confidence. I’ve now got my eye on much higher management positions and have no intention of slowing down anytime soon!” – Robert Mitchell, Team Leader

Taking the Next Step

It’s hard to climb the ranks in management without plenty of practical experience, while recognised qualifications can help promising candidates stand out from the crowd. Here at Brentwood Open Learning College, we offer an extensive range of management courses covering a variety of key business areas.

Study in your own time and at your own pace, with no deadlines or time restrictions to worry about. Our courses are available globally and could make a real difference to your long-term career prospects.

Check out our full list of management courses for further detail on available study programs.