Directing, a Management Function

Directing sets in motion the action of people because planning, organizing, and staffing are the mere preparations for doing the work. Direction is an aspect of management that deals directly with influencing, guiding, supervising, and motivating staff for the achievement of organizational goals. Listed below are action steps and resources to help you build capacity for directing effectively so that you can make progress toward your defined purpose.

Directing Elements

  • Supervision: To oversee the work of staff. Supervision is the act of coaching, reflecting, and directing work and workers. 
  • Motivation: To inspire, stimulate, and encourage staff.  
  • Leadership: To guide and influence the work of staff in a purposeful direction.

Directing: Tools and Resources

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