During our working days, we’re likely to work and report under several managers. Each manager having their own individual and notable leadership manner. Managers are different in each organization. From the more comfortable going and understanding managers to micromanage ‘I need this done by 10 minutes’ personalities.
However, recognizing the different types of managers, ‘you’re likely to confront in the workplace, is crucial and essential. Not only for your career advancement but also for beginning each day in the office pleasantly.
Every boss of yours will be a unique and different human being. Perfect Managers rely on their immense volume of product knowledge and experience while managing and strengthening their salespeople. Because of this significant imbalance, the different types of managers often fall short on developing and growing the interpersonal skills that would make them more human than machine.
Three Different Types Of Managers
CORPORATE-LEVEL GENERAL MANAGERS
The leading general manager at an organization is the chief executive officer (CEO), who leads the whole company. In a multidivisional firm the CEO forms strategies and plans decisions for the growth of the company. For example, the manager identifies whether to begin new businesses through acquisitions or whether to exit a business space. He decides how an organization should be formed into various divisions and signs off on major strategic and important initiatives proposed by the heads of different departments.
The CEO exerts control over departments, monitoring and observing their execution and deciding what incentives and projects to be given to the divisional managers. Finally, the CEO helps develop and grow the human capital of an organization.
Importance of Corporate-Level General Managers
The CEO of a company also maintains relationships with the people who own the organization— its stakeholders. The CEO reports and communicates to the board of directors, whose primary purpose is to make sure the strategy of the organization is uniform with the best interests of shareholders. He generally sits on the board and spends a considerable time span describing company strategy to shareholders.
Members of the top management unit help the CEO in all of this. The team generally involves a chief financial officer (CFO), who is responsible and authority for the overall financing of the company. It may also comprise a chief operating officer (COO), who makes sure operations are run efficiently and systematically within the company; and in some high-technology enterprises, a chief technology officer (CTO) is accountable for developing new technologies and products within the company.
BUSINESS-LEVEL GENERAL MANAGERS
With a multi-divisional firm business-level, general managers head different areas. General Managers operate in various fields of business, such as power generation business, lighting business, medical equipment business, etc. General managers report directly to their senior-level managers. An organization that is engaged in just one line of business, such as Starbucks or Burberry, the corporate managers are the same.
Business-level general managers lead their teams—influencing, motivating, and directing their juniors—and are accountable for the team’s performance and productivity. General managers explain the overall strategic vision for the company into detailed strategies and plans for their units.
They coordinate processes within their department, deciding how best to divide tasks into functions and divisions and how to coordinate and correlate those sub-units so that strategy and planning can be achieved successfully. They also control and organize activities within their units, evaluating performance against goals, intervening to take the right action when necessary, and developing human capital.
Below general managers, there are functional managers, who are responsible and accountable for specific business functions that constitute an organization or one of its divisions. The functional manager’s responsibility generally restrained to one organizational activity marketing, purchasing, or production. In contrast, managers oversee the operation of the entire organization or a self-contained division.
Functional managers influence, motivate and guide their team within their domains. Although they are not liable for the overall performance of the organization, functional managers nevertheless have a significant strategic role: to develop practical strategies and draft plans in their divisions that help achieve the strategic objectives and purpose set by the company and general managers.
Why Functional Managers Differ from other types of managers
Functional managers have the right to implement process improvement programs to enhance work quality and boost employee spirit and productivity. They provide most of the data that makes it possible for business- and corporate-level general managers to formulate realistic and attainable goals.
These managers are responsible for improving human capital within their company. They also build their functions into subunits such as departments or teams. Functional managers exercise control over those subunits; set specific goals, and monitor and evaluate performance; and do provide feedback, although the manufacturing employment might further get subdivided into departments and units responsible for particular features of the manufacturing process.
Thus it is very essential for general managers to listen keenly to the ideas and points of their functional managers. An equally great responsibility for managers at the functional level is strategy implementation: the execution of corporate- and business-level strategies.
A team leader is a unique kind of manager who may be appointed to manage a specific activity or task. The team leader reports and communicates to a first-line or middle manager. The responsibilities of the team leader include generating timelines, making specific work assignments, providing necessary training to team members. They are also responsible for communicating clear instructions and deadlines. Their job is frequently ensuring that the team is functioning at peak efficiency.
The truth is leading teams is incredibly hard. Very few are naturally good at it make it work. It takes humility and constant practice to get better. It’s an exercise of progress, not perfection. One of my friends took a new position and gave each member of his team the coffee mug on the right. A self-deprecating attitude is an excellent place to start.