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4 Qualities of an Effective Manager

There are traits which many effective and renowned leaders all seem to share; they are personable, motivating, helpful, and competent, not only within the workplace, but also their lives outside of work.

This blog will explore these qualities; what they are, how to achieve them, and why they are essential in order to become an effective manager.

We will look at the ‘soft skills’ associated with managerial positions, and how you can improve them with management training, and practice.

Honesty

Our perceptions of what constitutes an ‘honest’ person can vary from person to person. For instance, do we mean morally honest, or legally honest? They can be two very different qualities.

In this case, we are considering more the moral honesty that effective managers possess.

An honest leader is someone who has integrity – they can be relied upon to do what they say, they say what they mean, and they won’t let you down. They can be trusted.

Honesty is a vital quality for a leader, as it enables people to feel they can follow the leader’s perspective, views, or suggestions, safe in the knowledge that their manager has their (or their company’s) best interests at the heart of the issue.

There are no shortcuts to achieving honesty and integrity. You will need to prove yourself to your workforce through consistency, reliability, dependability, and your resilience.

If someone asks your opinion, be honest. If someone asks you for your help, offer it without any strings attached.

Don’t compromise your principles in order to please those around you – your character must stand the test of time, and of place – in order to remain true to yourself.

 

Inspiring

It is basic human nature to be attracted to those around us that are inspiring and motivating.

Management that have energy and motivation, are also likely to have more supporters.

When we listen to someone who is inspirational, for instance, a life coach, mentor, or leader, and they convey faith in our ability, we are more likely to believe in ourselves as a consequence of their inspiration. We see others believe we can succeed, and therefore, believe it is possible.

You can inspire others by:

• Maintaining a caring, nourishing nature towards others
• Practicing honesty and integrity
• Challenging others to do, or be, better
• Having high expectations
• Leading where others may follow

Leaders that are able to speak with enthusiasm, meaning, confidence, and honesty are able to encourage others with their words and actions.

The most important factor in becoming an inspirational manager is leading by example. Be true to your beliefs, set yourself high standards, and encourage others to do the same.

 

Competent

Your team want to see a manager that has a high level of competence in dealing with people, problems, and also, with industry related issues.

If there is a problem at work, your staff should feel confident that they can come to you to discuss possible resolutions, and that you’ll be able to make an informed, grounded decision.

They don’t want you to defer decision-making, appear undecided, or vague. They need to know they can trust your judgement, and have faith in your ability.

If you are not confident in your decision-making abilities, problem resolution skills, or leadership talents, it might be worth considering some management training. This can help you understand management styles, teach you conflict resolution techniques, and how to influence others.

Supportive

The best managers are able to encourage their employees to succeed, and build upon their strengths, while also finding ways to understand, and support, any weaknesses.

Getting to know your staff will enable you to perform your managerial role with more success, as you can take advantage of their existing talents, while encouraging them to overcome any weak areas.

Team building training can help you inderstand different roles, characters, and cultures, and can be instrumental in helping you ensure success for your whole team.

Placing others in a position where they are able to succeed is inextricably linked to your own success – play to known strengths, support your staff, and give them the inspiration they need to become better at their job.

By analysing your own leadership qualities you will be better equipped to make informed improvements through tailored training courses, and specific learning pathways.

Once you have understood your own requirements, you will be best placed to help others progress their own talents and career, gaining the trust, respect and confidence of your team.

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