Disclaimer: I am not a manager and have never been one.
I spend a lot of my time reading (books, blogs, magazines, etc), researching new techniques, asking/answering questions, writing code, writing this blog, and numerous other activities all to become a better software developer.In the information technology field it is necessary to do all these activities.
One has to stay current and improve on all facets of his/her field to become a better employee. It is relatively straight forward what one can do to become a better software developer, however, becoming a better manager (in any field) is a little less straight forward.
Managers seem to concentrate on improving processes and reporting/analysing data. It seems from my point-of-view very difficult to increase one’s “manager skills” similar to a wielder increasing his/her welding skills.
So the question arises;
How do managers become better managers?
Maybe it is the subtle things that help managers improve.
- Be aware of employees’ moral and why it is in its current state.
- Understand what your employees are doing and how hard they work.
- Read and research about your industry.
- Know what the industry standards are (work environment, process, pay, etc).