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The Discoveries I Made On What It Takes To Have Top Managerial Skills

 

What distinguishes you as a great manager from the good ones is possession of a wide set of skills which range from communication and motivation to planning and delegation. Often times, the top management skills are so many, and some managers think they should concentrate on the management areas they understand most.  However, to be considered as having top management skills, I needed to analyze my expertise in all areas and then set out to improve on areas where I was most wanting. You will only be complete when you have the most diverse of skills, which sharpen your problem solving skills.

Required Skills For A Manager:

There are skills that a manager need to have, and if I were to talk about all of them, then it would probably take weeks, if not months. One of the most important skills that a manager needs to have is the ability to understand the dynamics of the team and encourage good relationship between the team members. This simply means that you need to understand exactly how teams operate.  Normally, teams will follow a certain definitive pattern of development, and experts have listed them thus: forming, norming, storming and finally performing. When encouraging and supporting those under you, it is important to do it through this process, and this has the effect of helping your team become effective in the shortest possible time.  .

As A Manager:

It is important that, as a manager, I must consider the aspect of balance when creating teams, so that I end up with a team comprising different sets of skills, people and perspectives. It is never easy to manage a group of people who seem to be able to get along, but teams that will be effective in the long run appreciate different points of view, and using their dissimilarities to be not only creative but also highly innovative. As a manager, you will be tasked to have skills needed to direct the said differences in a positive manner.  Thus you will need to introduce a team charter. Your knowledge of team conflict will be particularly important if your team is to be managed effectively.

As A Team Leader:

As a team leader, my ability to choose and nurture the right people is not just necessary, it is mandatory. I always need to find the great team members, and have the skills needed for the success of the team developed. When recruiting new members, I usually focus on the various specific skills that I need for the success of my team, balance different personalities so that I have variety in my team.

Delegation:

You would be mistaken to think that just by having the right people with the right skills does the trick, but this is usually not the case. It is important that as a manager, you know just how to get a task completed effectively. Delegation is the catchphrase here. Some managers, having earned their promotion purely on the grounds of their technical superiority, try to accomplish most tasks all by themselves. They believe that, being the accountable officers, they ought to do the tasks by themselves to be sure that the task is successfully completed.

For teams to accomplish a lot more, great managers will assign the task to the right people, and not necessarily the people with the most time. You will need to clearly outline what you expect to be achieved. However, it is not easy to trust other people to accomplish some tasks. But it still boils down to your team having not only the right people but also those with the right skills, who you can easily rely on to get the job done and dusted.

MotivatingEmployees:

Motivating people under you is yet another great piece of skill that all managers ought to have. Motivating oneself is easier but motivating another person needs careful thought. People are motivated by totally different things, a factor that managers have to keep in mind. You will need to understand your team members at a personal level which helps you to motivate them better. You can stay informed about each of your team member’s information by providing regular feedback.

Inoculate Discipline In Team Members:

Instilling a sense of discipline and dealing with conflict between your team members is something that contributes your management prowess. If, despite your efforts, there are still problems with your employee’s individual performances, you are required to deal with it promptly. Failing to discipline erring employees will impact negatively on the whole team and also on your customers, given that poor performance of employees will impact on customer service. Working alongside team members who regularly fail to meet expectations is very demotivating for other team members, and if tolerated, it leads to suffering of other team members.

Efficient Conflict Resolution:

You should not allow dissimilarities between individual team members to progress to conflict, as this would also influence negatively on performance. You as a team manager ought to facilitate a speedy resolution to c the conflict, by being impartial and objective, so that members do not have the idea you are taking sides. You should also note that some conflicts are positive in that they can help unearth deep-seated underlying structural problems. Efficient conflict resolution means that you recognize conflict and stem it from the roots, rather than giving it a palliative approach where you try to suppress it or avoid it completely.

Effective Communication:

Effective communication is an important managerial skill, which you need to pay close attention to. Keeping your team informed on all that is going on, as well keeping them as informed as possible is something that you should endeavor to do always. Managers should specifically improve on their team briefing skills.

Many managers are quite equipped with planning, decision-making and problem solving skills because they are skilled professionals whose promotions are based on knowledge and analytical efficacy. Therefore, most managers tend to focus too much on these skills, thereby failing to concentrate on their other skills, such as people and management skills. Being narrowly proficient on these skills alone cannot make you to be touted as having top management skills.

I have been a team player in many organizations and I understand the frustration people go through because of inadequate leadership skills. Some of the people claimed to possess reputable leadership skills are lacking them in zeal and I find it worth that they should undertake some leadership quality classes. As an owner and runner of pharmacytechnicianinfo.net, I always meet with so many people and effective use of my managerial skills brings many clients, students and customers my way.

 

 

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Six Ways to Use LinkedIn Effectively for Networking

 

Having a strong LinkedIn profile won’t help you as much as you would like if you fail to take steps to find connections and to increase the odds of them finding you.  Here are six ways to use LinkedIn features to improve your network:

Search Email Contacts

LinkedIn enables you to search through your email contacts to determine which of them are on LinkedIn. The search defaults to the default email address LinkedIn has for you.  But you may use other email addresses, both web-based and desktop-based, to find potential contacts.

Find Past or Present Colleagues

LinkedIn tells you how many colleagues from each of your current and former positions listed on your profile are on LinkedIn, up to a maximum of 50.  You can view the whole list of names along with how many shared connections you have. You can then view individual profiles as well as what connections you have in common.

Find Past or Present Classmates

Setup is similar to finding colleagues, but with some schools leaving you with potentially thousands of classmates, LinkedIn provides filters to narrow your search. The filters are in three categories – where they live, where they work and what they do.  The choices for each filter are in descending order of how many classmates fit that description.  Choices for where the live are either greater metropolitan areas or countries.  Choices for where they work are often individual companies, but could also be an educational institution, nonprofit or something in government.  Choices for what they do are general  job classifications such as “information technology.”

Join Industry Groups

If you join a LinkedIn group geared toward your industry, you will be able to connect with group members by participating in online group discussions and starting your own discussions with the group. You can also post comments or create a poll.  LinkedIn also has a jobs button on the group page for members to share job postings.

Become a LinkedIn “Expert”

LinkedIn’s “answers” pages allows you and members of your network and 2nd and 3rd degree contacts to post questions and answer questions that have been previously posted. You can browse through questions to find topics with which you have knowledge.  The best answers earn “expertise” and LinkedIn will feature experts on the answers home page and in each question category.

Add Skills to Your Profile

In the “Skills and Expertise” section, LinkedIn will create a list of skills and expertise based on what is already in your profile. Adding these traits to your profile via this section will enable your profile to come up when others search on these skills and expertise.

Ben Hargrove writes on life and coaching issues at InstituteforCoaching.com

 

 

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