The broad categories described above break down into a series of activities common to almost all managers. These include:

Providing direction to team members on efficient, timely completion of their function’s responsibilities. A customer support manager oversees and supports the team members responsible for providing telephone or online support to customers. An engineering manager works to ensure that team members are working on the top priority projects. An accounting manager oversees the teams responsible for recording and reporting on all of a firm’s financial activities.