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Seven Skills of Management Training

Seven skills of management training

Seven skills of management training

Management training is training that will teach your leader-managers the must-have skills, knowledge, attitudes, and attributes they need to acquire, if they are to get the very best performance from themselves and the rest of the team.

Management training is important for your organisation because the future success of your organisation is, to a large degree, dependent on the performance of the leader managers.

If your managers perform well, and succeed in inspiring the best possible performance from the team, then the future of your organisation is more secure.

But on the other hand, if your managers don't perform well, and if they don't inspire the best performance from the rest of the team, then, the future of your organisation is less secure.

Management skills are not innate. They need to be learned.

Management is a complex set of skills. And as such, management skills are learned behaviour. There is no, "instinct", for managing a team of people. There is no special Gene that codes for persuading other people to give their best performance.

Management skills are not innate. The skills of management are learned skills.

And since they are learned skills, they are teachable skills.

The purpose of management training is to engage in a period of highly beneficial and interesting learning, in relation to the unique set of skills associated with running an effective team of people, and getting the best possible performance from them.

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What are the unique skills associated to management training?

There are many, but they may be reduced down to the following seven skills.

1. The ability to set a clear, distinct, worthwhile and achievable goal

The goal acts as a reference point for all activities undertaken by the team. The goal is what unifies the team. If the goal is clear and distinct, it acts to give strength and purpose to each and every member of the team. If the goal is unclear, hazy and ambiguous, then it weakens the team.

2. The ability to communicate the goal to all those who need to know.

There is often a lack of communication between the managers who make the decision and the people who need to implement that decision. This lack of clear communication is the cause of many avoidable errors and bad feelings.
Therefore it is important that all managers develop their skills as an effective communicator.

3. The ability to make priority decisions

Decide what will be done as a priority and also, what will not be done. (Some managers mistakenly say that, "everything is a priority". If everything is a priority, then that also means that nothing is.)
Managers must have courage to prioritise and decide what will be done, and also, what will not be done.

4. The ability to build workable and practical plans.

All goals need a plan capable of achieving the goal. Many people have great goals, but poor plans.

5. The ability to inspire action in the face of uncertain knowledge.

Many people don't act because they know that they don't know everything. So, they wait and they wait, until they can get all the facts. They wait so long, that it amounts to procrastination, and the opportunity is gone. Managers must have courage to act in the face of uncertainty.

6. The ability to handle setbacks, criticism and temporary defeats.

The manager must be able to stay strong during tough times. Not all plans will work. And things will go wrong. People will let you down. Bad things will happen. It is important to expect it. It is important to be able to get stronger, not weaker, in the face of adverse conditions. Some managers lose their bottle, when the things go wrong. When the situation is hostile, now is the time to become more courageous and intelligent, not lose your nerve and get emotional about it.

7. The ability to inspire others.

Not only must you hold your own course, you must hold the whole team together and inspire them to hold steady; this is where management training overlaps with leadership training. The manager benefits by knowing something about leadership. Just as the leader, benefits by knowing something about management.

Recap of seven management skills.

  1. Goal focus.
  2. Clear communication.
  3. Decision making.
  4. Planning ahead.
  5. Action orientation.
  6. The ability to learn from temporary defeats.
  7. The ability to inspire other people, (the development of leadership qualities).

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About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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