6 Essential Qualities of a Successful Manager

November 18, 2013 by  

1. Be a great communicator.
Clear and concise communication is one of the most important managerial skills. As a manager you must be able to motivate, delegate, negotiate, persuade, analyze, and critique deals, tasks, and team members on a daily basis. Effective communication whether written, verbal, or through digital media are skills required of any manager today. The better your communication the more likely you and your organization will succeed.
2. Be energetic and enthusiastic.
Negative attitudes bring the entire team down. Managers with enthusiasm and an optimistic outlook will energize the entire team. Adopting a can-do attitude and implementing enthusiasm in the day-to-day interactions will encourage others to look for the positive in even the most challenging situations.
3. Exhibit competence in your area of expertise.
A successful manager must master their area of expertise. The best way to exhibit competence and mastery in your field is to challenge, inspire, and enable your team to successfully complete key goals and initiatives ahead of schedule, under budget, and with exceptional results. Model successful behavior and learn from other successful managers in your field.
4. Delegate effectively and efficiently.
Delegation is an often abused function of even the most seasoned veteran manager. Being able to push critical tasks on to other team members is not the answer to successful delegation. Instead, delegating to those most suited to the task, providing timely information and guidance, as well as consistently following up to ensure everyone understands the task at hand and the desired results are key to effective and efficient delegation.
5. Remain calm, cool, and collected regardless of the circumstances.
Obstacles will arise, unforeseen events will transpire, and Murphy’s Law tends to rule in spite of the most well thought out plans and objectives. When challenges arise handle them calmly and with authority. Identify the solutions and clearly define the ways to successfully navigate the obstacle course presenting itself. Reinforce your team’s ability to thrive in any circumstance by remaining composed and confident even if you are not entirely certain of exactly what needs to happen or when. In a clear-headed state the solutions will materialize and many perceived challenges will work themselves out without requiring major intervention or corrections.
6. Be your team‘s biggest cheerleader and coach.
Encourage your team throughout all stages of any project and offer coaching and guidance as needed during the process. A team is only as good as its leader and requires the manager to understand what is necessary to motivate the individuals to perform at their highest ability. In addition continually recognize and acknowledge the successes of your team. Encourage individuals to strive to improve on an ongoing basis. By leading and encouraging you will inspire individuals to improve their performance and the team’s in the process.

By incorporating these 6 guiding principles into your current management techniques you will be sure to actively engage those around you and improve results consistently. Though not always easily mastered these techniques are simple and proven. Start implementing them today and see how powerful each of them can be in your management objectives.

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