If one of your goals this year is to make more money at work or advance your career further, then consider if you’ve got what it takes to become a manager.
Depending on your industry and how far you take things, managers can often make several times more compensation than their lowest paid employees. That’s because organizations often associate managers as being able to produce greater overall results than individuals can.
Another great thing about management is that it will always be necessary. Humans on every level need structure like government, teachers, and other leaders to guide them. At work, even the best performing and well intentioned group of individuals will need someone to give them direction and keep them on track.
As a manager myself, I can tell you that some days are certainly more challenging than others. But there is something to be said about the satisfaction of bringing an entire group of people towards reaching a common goal.
So why not excel your money design by stepping up and making more money this year? But before you ask for a promotion, take a few minutes to reflect upon this management skills list of characteristics that make up a good manager. Ask yourself if you’ve got what it takes to lead others and yourself to success.
The Top 10 Management Skills List:
1. Leadership. A great manager will get others to see the big picture. This is often the most important and hardest of all skills on the management skills list because sometimes even managers don’t know where they’re going. That’s why in the field of management there is a lot of debate over whether a “manager” and a “leader” can or should be the same thing. In my opinion, a great one will embody characteristics of both.
2. Charisma. Another of the hardest items on the management skills list is having what it takes to get along with others. A good manager doesn’t have to be everyone’s best friend, but they do have to know how to get the most out of people. And as the old saying goes, you can more flies with honey than with vinegar. Therefore, a little personality and charm can go a long ways!
3. Passion / Ambition. Believing in the greater overall goal, a good manager will be passionate about what they do and internalize their duties. A great manager will find a way to motivate others to do the same. Usually this will be accomplished by getting others to perform the best they can and/or fearing the consequences of not doing so otherwise.
4. Produce Results. Have you ever received poor service from a clerk or server, and then were treated completely different by the manager? That’s because as a manager, they know that they always need to find a solution. Always being able to find a solution is an important part of the management skills list because it’s how successful managers create results where others would otherwise fail.
5. Decisiveness. Managers don’t know everything. But they do have the call the shots when no one else will. So whether it’s the right choice or the wrong one, a good manager will make a decision and be able to support why they feel it is the best choice.
6. Listens to Others. Even though a manager is the one to make the call, a smart one will first consider the opinion of those who are more qualified to make the judgment call.
7. Leverages the Talents of Others. A successful manager will see the strengths in others and use them where they are the most appropriate.
8. Challenges You to Develop. At the same time, a successful manager will also see your weaknesses and give you tasks that will force you to grow your skill-set. We can all use a little coaxing out of our comfort zone! The manager himself is not immune either. They might even consider looking into getting a organizational leadership degree to further their career.
9. Creates Other Leaders. A single person can’t be in charge of everything. For an organization to grow, one aspect of the management skills list will be to develop other people into future leaders and managers. Where would Apple be today if Steve Jobs had not groomed Tim Cook?
10. Makes Themselves Not Needed for Every Little Decision. As ironic as it sounds, the truly successful managers are the ones who develop their people so well that they are rarely needed for all the mundane, everyday decisions. This because they create a well-oiled and efficient machine that requires as little maintenance as possible. By doing, their time freed up to work with other leaders on bigger goals, future growth, and development of the organization as a whole.
Readers – How many of you are managers? What do you consider to be a must on the management skills list, and how do you embody this?
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