7 Things About Management You Should Learn from Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson was undoubtedly one of these inspirational managers. Multiple trophies and awards as well as a long and glamorous career in the limelight to prove it. However, you don’t need to be famous to be worthy of the inspirational manager label.
Now if you are a Liverpool or Man City fan then just by mentioning his name I may have already lost you but just for a second put any bias or allegiances aside as I challenge you not to be able to learn anything from a manager who won a total of 49 trophies over 27 seasons with one club.
Here are 7 points I’ve taken from Sir Alex Ferguson which I hope you can also use to help your career in management.
“it needs to come out with you onto the pitch.”
Is your team showing the attitude, drive & enthusiasm that got them the job in the first place? They need to deliver what they said they would do.
- It is your job to make an impact on each personality with the best possible output in terms of performance.
2) GREAT PLAYERS (Ronaldo, Giggs & Scholes)
“Their longevity, consistency & behaviour patterns were exceptional.”
Look around, who have you got in your team? Who will help you get to where you want to be? Find them, invest in them and support them. Who can you delegate to? Who will grow and who will shirk this extra responsibility?
- Let your trusted employees help assess how strong you and the team are. They know better than anyone what it takes to succeed within your organisation. “Feed them” into your system and structure.
3) “SOME PLAYERS CAN APPRECIATE CHANGE & SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE”
“Some see it, some don’t. Who are they?”
Do you have advocates of change in your team who can drive & convert others?
- Transformation can take time so there may be “quiet times”, manage expectations effectively.
4) “THE ONE THING I COULD NEVER ALLOW WAS A LOSS OF CONTROL”
“Success gave me control. With each trophy won my thoughts moved to the next one.”
What constitutes success in your role and how do you achieve it? What future successes do you have mapped out in front of you?
- This is crucial in achieving the control that you need to be able to progress your leadership and managerial career
5) “REAL PLAYERS LIKE A MANAGER WHO CAN BE TOUGH”
Do you know what your team thinks of you? Ask for feedback and conduct 360 reviews to find out if you are tough enough when you need to be. Your team will ask themselves….”Can he/she make us winners? Can he/she make me better? Is he/she loyal?”
- Are you a role model and someone your team can aspire to?
6) “TELL THEM THE TRUTH”
“Nothing wrong with presenting the facts to someone who has lost form.”
- Confronting one of your team who has performed below expectations by saying “that wasn’t good enough…..for someone with your ability”. Criticise but back it up with praise. Another example of this is “why are you doing that….you’re better than that”.
- “Endless praise sounds false, your team will see through it”.
7) “WITH AGE YOU HAVE TO MANAGE YOUR ENERGY”
“Keep fit, eat the right foods, sleep well”
Embed the right habits into your daily routine that then never change.
- Set the right example to your team
On a finishing note, Sir Alex describes in his book certain attitudes to going on holiday when he was growing up in Glasgow:
“Some used to go 25 miles down the road, some just stayed at home and fed the ducks but some wanted to go to the moon. It’s about people’s AMBITIONS”.
WHERE WILL YOUR AMBITION TAKE YOU?