Not everyone is cut out to be a manager. Are you? Consider these seven skills you need to effectively manage any business team:
People skills. When it comes to team management, you will be required to work with an array of personality types. In order to pull this off effectively, you must have people skills. This means that you should be able to get along with most anyone and understand perspectives that don’t necessarily mesh with your own.
Communication. Good communication is about much more than just getting your ideas across in a way that people can understand (although that is important), because effective communication must go both ways. To be a strong communicator, you must also be adept at active listening, which is a skill in itself.
Diplomacy. It is inevitable that your team members will at times clash with each other, and you will be called upon to sort things out and handle them in a way that is fair to everyone. In this regard, diplomacy is a very important quality that any good manager must have.
Delegation. Many managers make the mistake of only trusting themselves to get the job done right. This leaves them with plates that are much to full for them to every fully digest. As a manager, you must know how to delegate to your team members. This not only means entrusting them to complete tasks on their own, but it also requires you to assess team members’ strengths and weaknesses in order to determine which jobs to place with whom.
Strategy. Being a manager means wearing many different hats, and you must be good at strategizing multifaceted projects if you are to be successful at getting the job done correctly and on time.
Flexibility. While it is extremely important that you are able to strategize to get tasks done, you must also be flexible enough to handle unexpected changes to your plans. There are many things that can run off course during the completing of a task–from employee illness to vendor bankruptcy–and an effective manager is one that can roll with the punches.
Positivity. As you know, managing a team of people can be very stressful, and any of a number of things can go wrong when you are trying to accomplish a problem. You must be able to keep your head up and charge ahead, even when things seem to be working against you, if you want to ensure productivity. What’s more is that your team members look to you to set the tone.
No matter what type of business team you are manager–and no matter how small or large the team–you will need certain skills to ensure your team’s success. Consider all of the important qualities listed here, and if you don’t have them, it’s time to begin learning them.
About the Author: Blaine Yoke is a HR manager in charge of monitoring job boards and training new hires. He also works to train managers so that they can effectively lead their teams.