There's no shame in admitting your management skills aren't up to par. In fact, there's something exciting about a potential Office Hero who understands they need to grow in order to improve, impress, and inspire. Self-assessment is the first step on the ladder of success and one of the important management skills you need. By spotting opportunities for growth you can work toward becoming the person you want to be (both in your professional and personal life). Not only that, your boss will notice your drive and your work mates will admire your dedication.
Capitalizing on the Need for Effective Management Skills
more than ever companies are wanting to promote from within. Doing so
eliminates the costly recruitment process and also gives them access to
employees that are already on-board and up to speed. As Meghan Bro,
Forbes' leadership contributor, recently noted, it takes a new hire up
to two years (#1) before they hit the performance level of an insured
manager. By promoting from within, companies have access to candidates
that help them bridge transitions without missing a beat.
those employees--the ones who have the management skills to fill
leadership openings--are hard to come by. Why? As Victor Lima wrote in
Forbes (#2), "the diverse skill sets that go into making someone an
effective manager are not always easy to find rolled into one person."
good news is you can build those attractive skills into your own
repertoire. When you showcase them in your everyday performance, your
bosses will notice. You'll become one of those sought-after leaders and
be the first in line when an opportunity to promote from within arises.
Jumpstart Your Professional and Personal Development
should you begin? With the skills you already have! If you want to grow
in a professional capacity, you don't have to reinvent the wheel, just
build on the foundation that's already there.
We all have an
internal perception of our prowess but it's important to know how you're
viewed by your work mates. Joseph Dolman(#3), a behavioral
statistician, says multiple streams of feedback are essential in order
for us to identify potential opportunities and build upon them. "We all
need feedback to be successful. We're like a GPS: With only one
satellite, the GPS can't predict your location." Dolman continues,
stating that "with only self-insight to rely upon, you can't be sure if
you're in line to become the Janitor or the CEO.'" Dolman says seeking
out feedback, rather than just taking what we're given, is essential for
professional growth. Managers, peers, colleagues, and direct reports
are all excellent sources of feedback and tapping into them all will
give you the variety you need in order to piece together a true account
of your current management skills.
But it's also important not to overlook crucial "soft" skills when building your managerial foundation.
Balance AA€Sara€ and AA€Sofia€ Management Skills
experience will earn you the technical skills you need to succeed but
being a good leader isn't just about technical knowledge. It's about
incorporating knowledge with finer "people skills." MAD Office Hero
leadership tools can help you develop an appropriate balance of skills
(both technical and intangible) and teach you to never stop adapting.
Soon you'll be making a difference at your workplace and your boss will
notice how you're becoming an Office Superhero - one that's ready to
fill the next leadership position that opens up.