Being an effective manager is not a skill that is learned overnight. Expert leadership and management skills are developed over time and through a lot of trial and error. However, once a manager does reach this legendary skill level, the job becomes less about managing other people and more about working as a team to succeed. After all, true leadership is when the attention is not focused on the leader, but instead when the team says, “We did it ourselves.”
Because these ten management skills are so important and we want to be thorough, we’ve split this series into three parts to review a few skills at a time. Be sure to take a minute and examine each skill; we’d love to hear your thoughts!
1. Leave your ego at the door.
Leadership and management is not a role for those with big egos. If you are continuously trying to leave your personal hand print on a project when someone else’s would be a better fit, you are dooming the team and failing them. Instead, cultivate your team based off of the best talent you have and make sure to spotlight and recognize that member when it’s appropriate. According to Computer Weekly columnist Kayleigh Bateman, “It is vital that talent spotting and development are treated as a top priority… Managers shouldn’t rush to look for external options as their next leaders could be right next to them.” Instead of being a team with the leadership of one, be a group of strong leaders that has an edge.
2. Have a strategic mind.
Every team is looking to their manager for a great strategy. If you give them a bad plan, it won’t matter how hard everyone works; the problem won’t be solved. Be incredibly detail-oriented and take the time to address the problem and lay out a strategy that will not only solve it, but that will prevent a similar occurrence. Also, listen to your team’s feedback and make adjustments/corrections where needed.
3. Become a master of communication.
This is one of those management skills that can seem so obvious, but it’s one of the most complained about issues that people have with their manager. According to Office Arrow, “If you have great communication abilities, you can captivate an audience of hundreds, even thousands…” Your written communication should be clear, concise and have a solid direction. Oral communication should be equally as good, if not better. As Bateman stated in her article, “The ability to speak with confidence, credibility and poise, and also with enthusiasm, will motivate others and boost productivity.”
If you’d like to improve your management skills, be sure to check back next week as we continue our series in leadership. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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