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6 Key Skills of a Successful Manager

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In order to become a successful manager you truly need to actively listen to and then leverage the specific needs, talents, concerns and values of  your team members.  The more you understand, appreciate, support, encourage, and appropriately guide the individuals on your team, the greater will be the outcomes for everyone.  The more autonomy you offer to your  people, the more they will rise to the occasion and raise their level of performance.  The more support proffered, the greater their skills will become and the higher their confidence will rise.  Once all those elements are addressed and practiced, the more likely you are to have engaged, productive, efficient, and creative team members who will develop their inner purpose and become happy self-starters.  Every organization should be focused on developing and maintaining this sort of culture.

1. Be an  effective communicator

Clear and concise communication is one of the most important managerial skills. As a manager you must be able to motivate, delegate, negotiate, persuade, analyze, and critique tasks on a daily basis.   Effective communication whether written, verbal, or sent via digital media, are the essential skills required of every manager today. The better your communication skills are the more likely you and your organization will be successful and long lasting.

2. Be energetic and enthusiastic

Negative attitudes bring the entire team down. Managers with enthusiasm and an optimistic outlook will energize the entire team. Adopting a can-do, positive attitude and introducing energy and excitement into the day-to-day interactions, will encourage others to look for positive solutions in even the most challenging of situations.

3. Exhibit competence in your area of expertise

If you are to be a  successful manager,  you must master your areas of expertise. The best way to exhibit the competence and mastery in your field is to challenge, inspire, and enable your team to successfully complete key goals and initiatives ahead of schedule, under budget, and with exceptional results. Model this successful behavior and learn from other effective managers in your field.

4. Delegate effectively and efficiently

Delegation is an often abused or neglected function of even the most seasoned managers. Being able to assign critical tasks to other team members is key to the productivity and efficiency of any team. However, successful and effective delegation means choosing the person most suited to the task, providing timely information, and guidance, as well as consistently following up to ensure that everyone clearly understands their task, time line and parameters. When you follow those guidelines, you will be boosting the self-esteem and confidence levels of your team while raising their performance levels, which of course will be of benefit to everyone!

5. Remain calm, cool, and collected regardless of the circumstances

Obstacles will arise, unforeseen issues will likely crop up, and Murphy’s Law tends to rule, in spite of the most well thought out plans and objectives. When challenges arise, handle them calmly with competence and confidence. Identify the appropriate solutions and clearly define the ways to successfully navigate the obstacles you are facing. Next, reinforce your team’s ability to thrive and succeed in any circumstance by remaining composed and confident even if you are not entirely certain of exactly what needs to be done or when. When you are clear-headed, the solutions will materialize and many perceived challenges will be addressed and confronted effectively by the team without requiring major intervention or corrections.

6. Be your team’s biggest cheerleader and coach

Encourage your team throughout all the stages of any project and offer coaching, encouragement, support, and guidance as needed during the entire process. A team is only as good as its leader and that requires the manager to understand  exactly what is necessary to inspire, support, and encourage the individuals to perform at their highest level of ability. In addition, you must continually recognize and acknowledge the contributions of your team. Thank them for their efforts, suggestions, and successes. Encourage individuals to strive to improve their performance so that they can reach their true potential and this needs to be happening on an ongoing basis. By leading and encouraging, you will inspire your team members achieve their targets and goals, hence create a truly High Performance Team.


By incorporating these 6 guiding principles into your current management techniques you will be able to actively engage those around you and consistently improve results. Though not always easily mastered, these approaches are simple and provide proven positive outcomes. Start implementing them today and see how powerful each skill can be in accomplishing your management objectives and the outcomes of your entire team.



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