4 Management Tips: From Introverted Manager

When I run a company, I work with people from all over the world. They live in Western and Eastern Europe, Southern Africa, and Asia. This means I have to deal with time zones, working from home, and cultural differences from my 10-square-meter room in Indonesia.

I’m shy, introverted, and handsome, damn awkward at times, making it even more difficult for me to do this job well. During these pandemic times, I’ve never met any of the people on my team because they’re new.

Isn’t it weird that you can’t say hello on the phone five years ago because you’re an introvert? When you do these four things, you’ll have done a lot of work. Here are management tips from Introvert.

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1. Management Tips – Authenticity

Make sure you don’t try to change your shy or quiet nature. It’s okay to love it. In silence, there’s a lot of power. Choosing to keep your head up instead of apologizing for something you can’t change is a way to show that you’re strong.

Prepare for a meeting before you go to one. Whisper positive words to yourself. Please do whatever you need to do, but don’t do it without being yourself in it. The people who like that would be surprised.

Don’t try to smile or act like someone else. A lot of the things managers need to do may not go well with your introverted nature. The more you accept who you are, the better you’ll be at them.

People can wait for you to stutter, but they can’t do anything else. The world will not end. Being a manager doesn’t mean you’re always right. A good manager doesn’t mean you have to be extroverted or act like you are one to be one.

2. Management Tips – Talk Less and Listen More

I used to think that only outgoing people who talked a lot could be good managers. But when I took charge of the company, I realized that I had to listen more than I spoke.

It was essential to ask the right questions, sit back, and pay attention to the words that were said and how they were said. I had to figure out when someone wasn’t being honest about how they felt or if there was something else they weren’t telling.

So, pay attention! You have two ears but only one mouth for a reason.

3. Management Tips – Don’t Micromanage

Especially if you’re working from home and haven’t even met your new coworkers, it can be tempting to check in more often as a new manager. Is it possible to get scared about what people do?

But it would be best if you fought back against that. We build strong, professional relationships based on trust. A lot of people don’t trust you when you micromanage them.

Make sure to make a lot of calls. Once every two weeks, I have mine, but once a week, it can help you work better together when you’re just starting.

Ask them:

  • How are they? We’re humans first, employees second.
  • Explain the projects they’re working on, their stages, and how things are going.
  • Let you know if they have any issues.
  • Tell you if there’s more.

Then, you can listen. That’s the heart of what you do.

4. Management Tips – Don’t Tell, Show!

As a manager, you have a bigger job than you did as a worker. You are the person who people should follow at work, and this is even more important when they’re new.

This used to be very stressful for me, but now I’ve learned to deal with it. It’s easy:

  • Attend meetings on time (unless you have a perfect excuse not to).
  • When no one else is available, volunteer for opportunities.
  • Be visual when training. More illustrations, less explanation.

New team members don’t learn everything they need to know in the first week or two. It goes on for a long time as they learn from your actions, advice, and guidance.

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Conclusion

To be true to yourself and not fit in, you should listen more than speak. It would be best if you trust instead of fear. Show what you mean. If you make mistakes or stutter, don’t cover them up or hide them. You’re allowed to be, live, and be who you are. You can choose how much space you want to use. You can’t lose that.

The more you do it, the easier it will be. When you’re in the middle of a presentation that you didn’t prepare for or when you’re nervous about having a difficult conversation, it can be hard to do.

Ensuring everything is done right doesn’t mean that you’re a manager! It’s not true. It means that you have to do your best to be an excellent example for your team, even if that means showing them your flaws.

In your role as a guide, you want to help them reach their goals, but putting too much pressure on yourself won’t help. It’s especially true if you’re a quiet person like me. Take it easy, keep trying, and you’ll get there.

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