The 10 Minute Guide to Brush Up Your Management Skills
Do your Management skills need a tweak?
The next rung on the ladder for the modern career women is management, and you need to brush up your existing skills long before a position becomes available. You’ll soon discover that many employers are seeking all the traditional hard skills along with the soft skills that you already have. The good news is that most of the required management skills are things you can learn with practice.
Let’s take a look at what skills you’ll need to advance to the C-suite and how to develop those them.
The 5 Hard Skills for Management Roles
1. Understand finance. You need to know the numbers and be able to make sense of them. You’ll need to be able to use accounting information to guide your decision-making as a manager. Learn to budget, manage cash flow, read balance sheets, and interpret profit/loss statements.
2. Master operations. Much of your work will involve planning and organising the daily workload. Be prepared to manage projects and address any issues that arise.
3. Study marketing and sales. Customers are the lifeblood of any company. Whatever department you work in, you’ll be helping to manage customers and increase sales. Knowing and understanding how your company makes sales is a great way to position yourself for a management role.
4. Integrate technology. Similarly, technology is an important part of any manager’s job. Stay updated on developments which impact your industry and take advantage of opportunities for automation.
5. Focus on business performance. Even junior executives may be expected to be savvy about corporate intelligence these days. Understand how to set the correct metrics for your company and work towards strategic goals.
The 5 Soft Skills for Management Positions
1. Enhance communications. Communication skills build healthy relationships so employees feel valued and strive to do their best. Set clear expectations. Be generous with feedback and praise.
2. Build teams. Your success depends on your whole team, as well as your individual efforts. Discover talent and encourage them to stay. Build rapport so you know how to inspire each team member. Be respectful and resolve conflicts promptly.
3. Delegate with ease. Putting a solid team in place gives you room to perform your own role and manage whilst letting them take charge of their own responsibilities. Demonstrate your trust while being accessible to answer questions and talk things over. Managers that are leaders will have stronger careers and better opportunities
4. Give presentations. You’ll probably be called upon to collect and synthesise information for your boss and other stakeholders when you’re in a management role, so start learning how to deliver effective presentations now. Over time, you’ll gain confidence even when you face a tough audience, and there are few tougher audiences than ones made up from your peers.
5. Commit to excellence. Superior execution is the most dependable way to make you and your organisation stand out. Becoming comfortable with constant change will make you flexible and adaptable, and this makes you valuable.
4 Ways to Brush up Your Management Skills
1. Take initiative at work. Use your current position to start climbing up to management levels. Ask a coworker if they want assistance with a special project that will give you valuable experience, or step up and propose a new initiative to your boss where you can take a leading role.
2. Lookout for freelance assignments. Keep an eye out for short-term contract work that you can add to your CV. Just remember to check your company policies so you can avoid any conflict with your day job.
3. Volunteer your services. Volunteering is much more than working in your local community. You can gain exposure to any area, from public relations to forecasting revenue. Get more involved in the local chapter of your professional association or check out charitable organisations. You’ll be surprised at the connections you can make as well as the experience that you’ll gain
4. Continue your education. Continuing education to complete a degree or certificate is valuable. Community colleges and university adult education departments are experts at accommodating professionals who are working and continuing education at the same time. This again is valuable for the connections you’ll make as well as what you’ll learn.
A managerial role will be your opportunity to shine, and that means preparing for it now. Overseeing the work of others and help lead your company to more success and the career of your dreams, and it starts right now when you decide to brush up your management skills.
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