For many, working your way to become a manager is a career goal. But this isn’t something that will happen overnight. You will need to develop yourself by gaining new skills, taking on more responsibility and showcasing your leadership ability. And before you get that promotion, you need to make sure that you not only have the necessary capabilities to become a manager but that you are also set up to be a successful one. That is why every current and aspiring manager should be able to prioritize, delegate and communicate. These cornerstones of management, discussed further below, will allow for the most efficient implementation and execution of ideas and projects.
As a manager, you’re going to be tasked with heading up multiple projects at a time. It is crucial that you can identify which tasks hold the most importance and then have enough focus to get them done on time. To be successful, you’ll need strong organizational skills to manage deadlines, coordinate resources and schedule appointments throughout the day. If this is something that you struggle with, we have written about how you can get more done in less time.
Another important duty of the manager is to pass tasks along to your team. For some, it can be a struggle to give up control of a project while for others it can be easy to pass too much work onto others. You will want to find the happy medium and demonstrate to your employees that you trust them when you assign them work. It’s a tricky task to avoid micromanaging while still being available for assistance and to provide praise while also giving critical feedback when necessary. It is a fine line that must be walked to make sure employees are happy and working their best.
To be a successful manager, you’ll have to be able to talk with your employees about more than just project deadlines and requirements. You have to relate to them and understand their side of things as well. The best way you can do that is to let them know that you’ve been in their shoes before, telling them about your own personal experiences. Once you get to know your employees, you’ll be better equipped to lead them to success.
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But if you’re not and wondering how you can develop these abilities prior to becoming a one, consider volunteering, taking a lead role on projects at work or shadowing a mentor.
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