The 8 Key Skills of Effective Management

Learn the 8 skills for being a successful manager and then read on for some simple and actionable steps to develop your management skills. Being authentic is the top of the list for us since trust within a team is paramount.

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Take a second and think about the best manager you’ve ever had; one that inspired you to push through adversity, helped you develop your skill set, and genuinely impacted your life — both inside and outside of the office.

Once you’ve experienced the benefits of a great manager, you know that being a manager is about more than advancing your own career — it’s a great opportunity (and a great responsibility) to empower your team to succeed and take on challenges.

Being an effective manager requires a unique skill set, and each of these skills can be learned and developed. Whether you’re a new manager or a seasoned pro, there’s always room to continue strengthening the abilities that will help you effectively lead a team.

Here are the 8 skills that are key to being a successful manager:

  1. Communicate Clearly
  2. Manage Your Team’s Time
  3. Facilitate Teamwork & Collaboration
  4. Delegate Tasks to Promote Development
  5. Solve Problems With Your Team
  6. Set Team Goals & Analyze Results
  7. Develop Your Emotional Intelligence
  8. Be Tactful in Your Transparency

Simple Tips to Help You Develop Your Management Skills

Be Deliberate

Outline your goals, then decide on one or two to focus on at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and continual development is something you should be working on in yourself as much as in your employees.

Communicate With Your Team

Remember when we said communication is key for successful managers? Walk that talk. Tell your team how you’re trying to improve and ask them for their honest opinion on where you should start. Give them the option for anonymity to show them you’re serious, and follow up with them on your progress and learnings.

Communicate With Your Manager

It’s also crucial to tell your manager about your goals, your progress, and your learnings. Your manager probably has a wealth of wisdom to share, so tap into that and go to them for mentorship. This also ensures they’re aware of how you’re managing your team, and opens up discussions about management techniques.

Develop a Feedback Loop

Getting feedback (and knowing how to take it) is key to development. With both your team and your manager, seek out feedback on what skills you should focus on, how you can work on them, and how you’re progressing. Outside perspective will help you along each stage of your development journey, and this brings in the communication, transparency, and emotional intelligence skills you’ll be working on. Not to mention, this is a great way for you to lead by example.

Be Authentic

We all know a fake when we see one, and being honest and authentic is critical to developing genuine relationships and building real trust. Own your mistakes or failures, and openly discuss how you’ve learned from those experiences. Not only does this show your commitment to authenticity, it displays that you hold yourself accountable, and that you expect the same of your team.