Why do some Property Managers get things done more effectively than others?
When assessing why Property Managers execute effectively or not, there are many perspectives to take. It is important to look at individual skills, team effectiveness, Board dynamics and the overall organizational culture and structure.
We have noticed that the following perspectives make a difference to how effectively Property Managers can execute in their role:
- The focus on time. Some Property Managers have a variety of issues related to time that get in their way when it comes to getting things done. Some procrastinate, while others have trouble setting boundaries. Others fail to set proper priorities and get distracted causing delays with deadlines and Board expectation.
- The focus on relationships. Property Managers are not always as assertive as they could be when it comes to forming professional relationships. They don’t think proactively enough about building their power base in the organization or with outside service providers. Therefore, when they need to make important requests, they lack the connection to get things done.
- The focus on results. Some Property Managers put other things before their true goal. They would rather be right, look good or be the smartest person in the room. With this false sense of priority, they get “individual satisfaction” but they don’t achieve the real victory – not for their long-term career, and not their team, property or organization.
Finally, many managers can suffer from limiting beliefs that hold back their ability to execute, and that often tie back to their focus above. For instance, a Property Manager with the belief that he can’t trust other people is going to have issues building professional relationships and also spend a lot of time doing things himself instead of delegating. A Property Manager who has a belief that everything must be perfect will also have issues with time.
Recognizing which perspective you share might help you with bringing about the awareness needed to improve your leadership skills in your Property Management role.
Lorena Rosario CAM, CPC, ELI-MP, ACC