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Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:20 am

5 Skills You Need to Become a Manager

by adv1 » Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:29 pm

There’s a huge different between being just an okay manager and being one that knocks home runs right out of the ballpark on a daily basis. If you want to join the droves of average Joes, avoid this article.

However, if you want to become a manager that has a purpose and will deliver success for their employers, keep reading. The following 5 skills are absolutely essential to ensuring you get the role you’re looking for.

Perseverance - Work Towards It on a Daily Basis
Most people are happy to stick to the 9 to 5 while complaining from when the day starts to when it’s time to clock out. Instead of investing in their skills and future, they whine and blame others.

To become a manager, you need to invest in yourself every single day. Even if you’re not in management role or know when the next opening is going to crop up, be the type of person that will be ready whenever the opportunity arises. Doing this will give you a tangible edge over your peers and will give you plenty of rewards in the long run.

Coaching – Teach and Motivate Others
Think of your management role as the one a coach has in a sports organization. Your job is not just to do your own job, but to make sure others deliver as well. You’re responsible for the performance of others, which means coaching is an essential skill you need to possess.

And don’t think that a coach is someone that’s born. You don’t have to be a natural to become successful at coaching. All it takes is practice and learning from those that have the experience. Keep learning and take advantage of those willing to help you. Honing your coaching skills takes time and effort, so make sure you start early.

Communication – Your Ability to Get the Message Across
Communication is not just about being able to talk to someone over the water cooler. It’s not just about being able to handle a one-to-one conversation either. You need to be able to captivate people, whether in a group or in an individual setting.

Keep your team in the loop at all times and don’t make it seem like you’re playing favorites. Each member of your team, including superiors, should know exactly what’s what and where they fit in. Communication isn’t just talking either. It also involves email, writing letters, and listening. Make sure you give people the attention they deserve and take in what they say.

Building Relationships
Working isn’t just about getting the job done, but also about forging relationships with those on your team. You want to ensure everyone feels valued and that they’re not simply seen as a pawn in the corporate game.

Build relationships with those around you, whether they’re above you or someone that works in the mail room. Give respect to each and every member of your team, making everyone feel important.

If it’s important to develop relationships with those outside your company then you need to put the same level of effort forward if not more. Attend networking events, stay active on LinkedIn and mentor others. If you want to be a thought leader in your industry then grab a domain name, a hosting account and setup your own blog. Share your thoughts and encourage others to take part in the discussion.

Problem Solving
Whenever someone has a problem, they turn to their manager for advice. This is something that’s part and parcel of the management role. Don’t shy away from it, but relish the challenge. Over time, you’ll be known as someone that can be relied upon in a time of crisis.

Don’t worry if you make mistakes along the way. It happens. Be willing to take responsibility and encourage others to help you put together a solution. It’s about putting the puzzle together as a unit – you’re there as the guide, but you don’t have to do it alone!

Thinking about becoming a manager may seem a little daunting and you may even have the suspicion that you don’t have the natural qualities to make it happen. However, most managers are built, not born. Ensuring you practice and are aware of the skills required to succeed will give you a fantastic platform to become a fantastic manager. Just make sure you keep honing those skills and working on the ones that you’re weaker in.

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