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How to Improve Management Skills

How to Improve Management Skills

How to Improve Your Management Skills

Improving management skills is as much about learning how to get the best out of yourself as it is about getting the best out of others. There are six major skillsets to develop, split between developing your clarity, reason and positivity.

In life, you need to get the best performance from yourself and others.

At work, you need to get the best performance from your colleagues, from your suppliers, your customers and your boss.

At home, you want to get the best from your family. You want to get the best family life you can. If you have kids, you certainly want to get the best from your kids.

You know that if you can get the best from your family, your colleagues, your suppliers, your customers and your boss, then your life runs more smoothly.

But you would probably agree that you cannot get the best from others, unless you are getting the best from yourself. This means, if you walk into any situation in the wrong mood, or the wrong frame of mind, or you are confused, disorganised and late, then you are in no position to get the best from yourself or others.

So, the question arises:

"How can you get the best performance from yourself; so that you can get the best performance from others and thus improve upon your current situation?"

The answer is to improve your management skills every day, then over time you will get better and better. So theoretically, you could be better every year. In theory.

In practice, you need to actively try to improve by learning new skills by attending good training courses.

Which management skills do you need to improve?

There are six major skills sets to develop actively. Look at the diagram below.

Leadership and Management : How to Improve Management Skills

There are six major steps that you should take to improve your management skills:

  1. Learn to set clear and specific goals
  2. Improve the clarity of your communication
  3. Plan for your goals in a rational way
  4. Learn how to deal with conflict rationally
  5. Get better at managing yourself, including your emotions
  6. Create and sustain a positive attitude in those around you

1. Clear goal focus

Goal focus means the willingness to set clear and specific goals. The word "success" means, 'the achievement of a goal'. You cannot achieve a goal you never set. So, we can say that:

Goal setting is the root of all achievement.

Goal focus is the art of setting a goal and focusing on it until it is achieved.

2. Clear communication

If you have a goal, then you need to communicate it to all those who need to know.

Clear communication is important. The opposite of clear communication is unclear communication. Unclear communication means, vague, ambiguous and misleading language. You need to have clear, distinct, specific and defined language. Clear communication is a skill that you need to perfect.

3. Rational planning

Every goal needs a plan. A goal without a plan is a fantasy. A goal with a detailed plan is a powerful force for constructive change. Planning means; Preparation, prioritisation, prevention, prediction and practice. You can improve all these skills with proper training.

4. Rational conflict management

Even though you have a plan, not everyone will follow it.

So, you will occasionally have to deal with conflict situations and difficult conversations.

Conflict is inevitable.

You are bound to get some conflict. The question is how well do you deal with conflict situations. Do you come on too assertively, come on too strong, and make a bad situation worse, or do you lack assertiveness and fail to make an impression. You need to master the art of rational conflict management so that you are able to handle difficult people and situations in a timely and professional and confident manner.

5. Inspire yourself: Manage your own emotions

Before you can effectively manage situations and before you can manage other people, you need to be able to manage yourself.

Self-management means; self-motivation, self-confidence, self-control self-discipline and the ability to create and sustain a positive mental attitude, especially during tough times.

You cannot give away what you haven't got. So, before you can motivate others you must first motivate yourself. Before you can manage the situation, you must first manage yourself.

Leadership and management begins with mastering yourself.

6. Inspire others: Create and sustain a positive attitude in others

If you know how to inspire yourself, you can use similar techniques to inspire others.

Learning how to inspire positive emotions in the minds of others, is a key skill that you need to develop.

Learn how to inspire optimism, confidence and enthusiasm in the minds of others.

You need to know how to take away negative emotions such as fear, worry, anxiety, anger and how to replace them with a more positive alternative.

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Improving management skills through leadership training

Your organisation needs its managers to be well-trained. In order to get the best from yourself and others you need to develop the six management skills sets, through effective training.

  1. Goal focus.
  2. Clear communication.
  3. Planning skills. Time management and prioritisation.
  4. Rational conflict handling skills.
  5. The ability to inspire yourself.
  6. The ability to inspire others.

If you are interested in improving these skills, then you will really enjoy and benefit from our two-day Leadership and Management Training Course, which is held regularly at venues in central London, Birmingham, Cambridge, Luton, Leeds, Reading and Manchester.

About the Author: Chris Farmer

Chris

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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