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Understanding what it takes to be a manager is not always easy. Many people - employers included - think that all it takes is being the person with the most seniority or the best people skills. Fact is that to become an effective manager, you need to be able to efficiently and successfully integrate people and activities in order to meet your team's needs and your organization's goals.
If you are in a position that requires you to manage even a small team, here are the five essential skills you would be wise to develop.
1. Fine-Tune Your Communication Skills
Communication involves more than just being able to speak one-on-one to another individual in a clear and fluid manner so that your message is understood. If you have great communication abilities, you can captivate an audience of hundreds, even thousands, with your presentation skills. You can sit quietly, without interruption, and listen as a subordinate expresses his opinion and then empathize with his viewpoint.
A manager with good communication skills knows how important it is to keep her team (and boss) in the loop by providing them as much information as possible about projects or changes in the work environment. It means having the ability to write a comprehensive report that anyone can understand.
If you want to work on your communication skills - that means being able to speak, write, and listen in an effective manner - watch those you admire and emulate them, take courses at your local college, or join a writing or public speaking group.
2. Work on Your Relationship-Building Abilities
As a manager, you need to interact with a variety of people at all levels, both inside and outside the organization. That means you need the ability to relate to the janitor as well as the president.
Gain confidence by developing your professional presence, social poise, and self assurance. Be respectful and considerate of others and their time, regardless of the position they hold. Be comfortable with others by being comfortable with yourself.
3. Learn How to Develop Your Team
No matter what company you work for or how large your staff is, working as a team is vital to the success of your department and the organization. If you were brought into an already existing team, you will need to learn about each member's talents and abilities. That is the only way to ensure that each person is being properly utilized to their fullest ability. If you are creating a team from scratch or replacing an open position, you will need to understand the process of identifying and hiring the best candidates who fit with your team and company culture.
As a manager, you need to understand team dynamics and be able to bring people together by building and maintaining the right employee talent base. Once you understand the members of your team and where their talents lie, you will be able to help them work together cohesively.
4. Enhance Your Project Management Know-How
Managing people and managing projects are two completely different things. You might think that if you can do one you can do the other, but that is not necessarily so. Some people are just better at dealing with differing personalities and others are best at implementing projects and processes. As a manager, you need to be able to handle projects and people.
That means establishing and meeting project goals through effective time management techniques and fully utilizing the tools and manpower available to you.
5. Become a Problem Solver
Your boss doesn't want you to bring all your issues to him to resolve. As a manager, it's imperative that you learn how to identify and solve problems, and then keep your boss in the loop as to the status or outcome.
Creative problem solving requires you to assess the problem, ask questions, brainstorm for options, and search for alternative solutions. Once you have solutions for the problems you encounter, then you can seek out your boss and offer not just the problem, but the best way to resolve it.
Being a good manager is fine, and will probably serve you well. But being a great manager means taking time to develop these five essential skills.
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