What do managers do?
This is going to sound like a naive question, mostly because it is (I'm a young guy, never held a management position).
It's just I've been listening to Manager Tools for a while now, and there's all this things M&M talk about doing, like giving feedback, holding meetings, morning greetings, and on and on. And then besides this, they talk about how to have various other good behaviours - e.g. keep your door open to directs; track your teams behaviours. And this is all super cool stuff, I love it, I love all this "how to manage your team effectively" stuff.
So maybe it's a stupid question but - is this what the life of a manager is, essentially? Managing the efforts of your team, liasing between them and clients (and upper levels of management, who'll sign off on pay and the like)... all that stuff?
I mean, I know it's weird, but I've listened to Manager Tools for the last year now, from being in college to getting my first proper (i.e. non-retail) job. It's just really fascinating stuff that I'd love to put into practice. I can't wait to be a manager one day so I can handle my team really effectively! I'm just wondering what else it is that management does?
I imagine it varies a lot, of course: in some roles, the manager will spend more of his day doing the same work his team does, others it'll be more about helping the team, others it'll be more about deciding the strategy the team is going to follow.
So yeah, boiled down really short: what's the percentage of "people work" to "technical work" which occupies a manager? Is management basically all about leading the team effectively?
And that also has me thinking... as I progress in my field, then... do I necessarily have to be an expert at the technical work of that field? I guess I've always had this thought that... the guys at the top are biggest technical experts... but that's absurd really, isn't it? There's so many different kinds of technical expertise required in a company, that no manager can ever be expected to know how to do everything, can they?