Why are logistics managers so important? To understand the answer, we need to first dive into the world of logistics managers.
Understanding The Function of Logistics Managers
One misconception that we must address is that the logistics function and the logistics manager do not have that much impact on the overall operational results.
If the supply chain is critical to the outcome, this means that the logistics manager, who runs it, is just as important.
We know that logistics managers tend to be good at:
- Making decisions in tight situations
What about the people skills that they also need to maximize that success? After all, their success will drive the company’s reputation and their profit margin.
If the supply chain is critical to the outcome, this means that the logistics manager, who runs it, is just as important. Click To Tweet
Tips On Improving Logistic Managers’ Success
Let us say that you have a logistics manager with a problem on their hands. They have to deal with the supply chain challenges that could potentially fall apart.
If they fail to use effective problem-solving skills or find alternative solutions, then they cannot ensure that they have the parts that are needed in their operation.
By recognizing this knowledge gap, logistics managers can begin to realize what they need to improve the skills that are important to the organization.
Specifically, we have three suggestions for any logistics manager interested in improving their success.
Suggestion One: Empower The Team
Logistics can sometimes feel like a top-down, “You do this and that.” People’s jobs are already very narrow.
When empowering people, however, you give them the power and discretion they need to make effective decisions.
Think of a department that takes its orders from a few people. If you empower them to increase that number, you are contributing more to your organization’s success.
Think of a department that takes its orders from a few people. If you empower them to increase that number, you are contributing more to your organization's success. Click To Tweet
Suggestion Two: Define The Challenge
It is hard to know our bottlenecks with all the moving parts in logistics operations.
What is the challenge we need to keep in mind when driving excellence into our results?
Define that challenge with the team and make sure everyone understands it.
Suggestion Three: Build on The Positives
Every day is filled with challenges for logistics. After all, problem-solving is what they do. Sometimes they can still feel limited in certain cases when the inevitability of problems existing kicks in.
Logistics managers need to:
- Build positive foundations.
- Realize that it is not always a gap between what they do and what they would like to do.
- Make sure the team sees that they have accomplished a lot to prevent any future frustrations.
Maximizing Leadership Skills with Logistics Managers
Imagine you have helped your logistics manager become more efficacious in increasing their logistics performance. You might probably realize that there are other leadership skills that require improvement in the areas of motivation, engagement, and communication.
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Leverage our expertise with our Front Line Leadership program. It is now offered in English, Spanish, and French. We also provide workshops that are either in-person or can be delivered from our state-of-the-art virtual training studio.
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