Management skills


Six tips to make you a better manager

If you are taking on a management role, or want to do so in the future, take a proactive approach to learning the management ropes. Here are six ways to get started.

Examine your own knowledge
Sometimes, knowing what you don’t know is the best place to start. Examine what you do and do not know about management. Think back to experiences you have had and managers you worked for. What worked in your past professional relationships, and what needed to be changed? You will probably find that you can pick out some of the good and bad traits of managers in your past and use this knowledge to your benefit.

Find a mentor
Find a mentor who is in a leadership position in your workplace. Make sure you are able to learn from someone who can teach you good habits.

Go back to school
Many organisations offer courses in management development. Ask your company to send you to a seminar. Seminars cover topics such as “how your role changes when you become a manager”, “how to delegate”, and “how to get your people on board”, these could give you helpful tips.

Hit the books
Some “must read” management books are “First Break All the Rules”, “What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently” by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, “Good to Great” by Jim Collins and “One Minute Manager” by Kenneth Blanchard.

Learn to listen and understand
The secret to being successful is knowing how to relate to, communicate with honestly and evaluate your people.

Put your people first
The bottom line about being a good manager is this: If your employees don’t perform well, you don’t perform well. Every good manager must learn how to train, support and motivate his or her employees. If you don’t take the time to support your staff and ensure their needs are being met, all of your work will be useless. If you don’t develop your people, you have nothing.

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