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. Read the rest of this entry »