What is management? What do managers do? How do I manage? These are standard questions that most of us in the management profession have been asked more than once and they are questions we asked once in our careers, too. Here is a basic look at management—a virtual Management 101.
Art and Science
Management is both an art and a science. It is the art of making people more effective than they would have been without you and there is a science to how you do that. There are four basic pillars of the manager’s role: plan, organize, direct, and monitor.
To illustrate the benefits of an effective manager, consider this scenario: Four workers can make 6 units in an eight-hour shift without a manager. If you are hired to manage them and they still make 6 units a day, what is your benefit to the business? On