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Posted 03 February 2014 by Chris FarmerChris Farmer

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Good People management skills - Your Attitude affects your results

In relation to people management skills, your attitude affects your results.

If you want to be a good leader or manager, then you will need to develop good people management skills. We might even say that, if you want to get on well in life, on any level, and if you want to be happier and more successful, then you need to develop your people management skills.

Why are people management skills so important?

Because, if you are to achieve your goals and be more successful, then you will almost certainly need to gain the cooperative assistance and help from other people.

Why?
Because you cannot succeed on your own.

Why not?
Because you do not have all the skills, knowledge, abilities, information or time, to do it all yourself.

If you want everything done, on time, and to the right standard, then you will need the cooperative assistance of other people. And in order to gain that, you need to develop your people management skills.

What are the people management skills?

The term "people management skills", is a term that subsumes many subset skills, abilities and attitudes.

In this blog let us concentrate our minds on the attitudes that you'll need in order to be good with people.

Your Attitudes:

Your "attitudes" are defined as "The sum of all your thoughts, feelings and beliefs that you hold about certain groups or certain types of people".

You have attitudes about everybody

You have attitudes about the monarchy; you have attitudes about the politicians, about black people, about white people, about brown people, about young women, about old men, about policemen and ambulance women. You have attitudes towards immigrants, foreigners: you have attitudes about people who are like you and people who are different from you.

The point is this, if you have bad attitudes towards other people, then those hostile, derogatory, or negative attitudes will change the feelings that you have towards them; these changed feelings will then affect how you behave to them; which will affect the result you get in response, from them.

If you expect the worst, then you will act out of fear, or anger, or a derogatory mind, and your language, or facial expressions, or voice tones, will trigger a negative response.

And then you'll tend to get, not what you want, from others, but rather, what you expect, to get.

Negative Attitudes negatively colour your actions, and create bad results.

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Negative attitudes get bad results

Remember that you don't get what you want, from others, but rather, you tend to get, what you expected to get.

Therefore: We recommend that you drop all stereotypes and prejudices that you have about groups or sets, such as gay people, old people, immigrants, Germans, Americans, Russian, unmarried mothers, black people, police officers and politicians and instead: Treat each person as a unique individual, and base your reactions on the evidence of your senses, (what you see and hear them say and do); rather than basing your reactions on a set of preprogramed presumptions and stereotypes.

We recommend that, if you want to get the best from yourself and others, then you should take the following attitude to all people.

  1. Assume each person you meet to be essentially good; unless and until, they give you some evidence to suggest that they are no-good. Then you modify your initial good attitude towards them based upon the evidence of what they do and say, not through prejudice.
  2. Assume that people can, and do, change, over time. So, if you have a history with a person that indicates to you that he-she is no-good, then remember too that people can, and do, change, over time, and that you may need to, periodically, re-evaluate this persons moral status, in your own mind. It could be that he used to be No-Good, and now he is better. Or it could be that he used to be a champ, and now he is a chump. You need to periodically re-evaluate people and base your judgements on what they are now, not what they were then.
  3. Have an attitude to err on the side of optimism and try to hold the attitude that "people are good", and if they are not, then they do have the potential to improve, and become better. It is your job to see if you can inspire people to give their best.

But in order to do that you need to have an optimistic attitude towards other people.

Summary of points and actions.

Negative Attitudes negatively colour your actions; negative actions create worse results.

Positive Attitudes positively colour your actions, and positive actions create better results.

In order to develop your people management skills, the first job is to:

  1. Drop negative preconceptions and stereotypes that you may hold about certain classes of people.
  2. Treat each person on his her own merits, starting with a presumption of optimism.

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