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Principles of Directing

Updated on January 30, 2013

Directing Principles

Direction is always a complicated task as it involves dealing with employees of different kind. A manager can become successful in the skill of efficient direction by learning and practicing the basics of direction. Nevertheless, observing the following principles is important for managers to guide his sub-ordinates;

Direct supervision: Building a direct personal relationship between a manager and his employees enhances their self-esteem and dedication and makes direction much more efficient.

Good managerial communications: Building a good rapport between the manager and his employees enhances their relationship by enabling them to know each other better.

Comprehension: Managers must be able to efficiently convey their instructions to employees in order to evade pointless doubts and clarifications.

Efficient leadership skills: Managers must be able to effectively lead and advice their subordinates in their personal and official problems in order to gain their confidence and loyalty.

Principle of follow-up: Direction is an ongoing process that requires the manager to adjust his commands according to the problems faced by his employees while working for the organization.

Management of personal and organizational objectives: Employees are expected to accomplish the goals of an organization even though they join it to fulfill their physiological and psychological requirements. Consequently, management must merge both personal and organizational goals of employees successfully.

Unison in accountability: Every subordinate must be accountable to one manager only. There will be chaos and disorderliness in the organization if he has to report to more than one manager or superior.

Suitable techniques: The right methods used by managers for direction will guarantee its effectiveness and also its appropriateness to the situation, subordinates and the seniors.

Utmost input of individuals: Every individual’s input towards the growth of the organization is vital for it to attain all the goals. Therefore, it becomes imperative for managers to bring out the best contribution of each employee.

Tactical use of informal groups: Informal groups must be used by the management to build formal or official associations as this helps to enrich direction.


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