At any level of your organization, you need leaders who can keep their teams on task and deliver results on an ongoing basis. This is easier said than done, and it takes a lot of work for leaders to get the most out of their groups month after month. As such, managers need to bring a lot of skills to the table — and know when to use them — as they tackle their daily tasks.
Which skills help make managers most successful? The following are just a few of the ones any manager within your company should have:
1) People skills
You can't expect to manage people effectively if you don't know how to deal with them, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. No one wants to work for a manager who seems to care little for them, and the foundation of a good relationship between manager and worker is a good relationship between two people. If you can't cultivate those kinds of interpersonal dealings, you probably won't have much success as a manager.
Managers have to make many different decisions in the course of their duties, as SHRM advised. Whether it's how to direct a team member on a specific project, or determining where the entire team will turn next after successfully churning out a new product, it takes vision to see the path forward and make all the right calls to get to a desired endpoint.
3) Clear communication
Part and parcel with the two previous skills, you need to be able to stay in touch with everyone you deal with on an ongoing basis, and also express why you are doing the things you do, according to Tiny Pulse. Whether it's dealing with the people whose work they oversee, their peers or even those above them, a good manager knows how to explain everything that's going on in a way that's straightforward, clear and (perhaps most importantly) concise.
As a manager, you will likely get a lot of stuff dropped onto your plate — sometimes with no warning — and you have to be able to figure out how to handle it all, Tiny Pulse warned. Being able to take on all that work is critical to success, of course, but so too is having a clear understanding that you are accountable to both those above and below you on the organizational ladder.
It's often said that a good boss doesn't ask you to do anything they wouldn't do themselves. Along those lines, it's important to be open and honest with everyone you deal with, according to Villanova University. When you build a reputation as a manager who's trustworthy and empathetic, you'll get more from your entire team.
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