Good people skills are essential key to success as an effective manager. Good people skills are often necessary for obtaining and keeping a management position. Many people would love to obtain a management position. However, despite the fact that an employee might have certain talents and skills, they might not have the people skills that it would take for effective management. Many people are under the misapprehension that all that is needed to obtain a leadership position in management, is the ability to bark orders to get things done. These same people feel that their word is law. They feel that they can use intimidation tactics to rise up to management. Some people have no use for others around them; They will simply use manipulative tactics to get in the good graces of their superiors, because they feel that this will get them to the front of the line for promotion.
However, while these type of personalities might indeed incur a management position, they won't be very effective managers. Theirs will be departments filled with strive, ineffectiveness, or bureaucracy. The people who are under their management will either become frustrated with them, or the employees will flat out come to loathe these managers. Since none of these outcomes are healthy or productive for an operation, one should consider the people skills, and even life skills that are needed for effective management.
Here's a listing of those attributes:
Effective Communication: This is an umbrella term of sorts, because there are quite a few ways to communicate in an effective, and positive way. The first thing that a prospective manager needs to keep in mind, is respect for others. When a person respects others, they will communicate with them in a way that is clear, concise, and yet respectful of their feelings. A respectful communicator also is interested in the input of others, and values what others have to say. The effective communicator also doesn't lead people on, or confuse them. They will say what they mean respectfully, and mean what they say. They speak with integrity.
Cooperation: The bottom line is that humans need the strengths and talents of other humans. There is no such thing as a human who is so talented and intelligent, that they don't need the resources of others. Many people use the "My way or the highway" approach, and they find out the hard way that this rarely works, nor is this motivating to others. The prospective manager should always look for ways to call upon the strengths of others, and they should always be open to learning new things, for the greater good of the company.
Motivation: People love being around someone who brings out the best in others. A great leader uses motivation tactics to inspire others to perform. A great leader also knows that different things motivate different personalities. Therefore, they will be sensitive to different personalities, and they will adjust their motivation tactics for the various people around them. They will also show other attributes that positively challenges others to imitate them to greatness.
Resilience: Everyone goes through hard times professionally, and personally. What separates the weak from the strong, is one's resilience. Resilience is the ability to adjust to the changes in their lives, and in their careers. The resilient person knows that they will have lots of twist, turns, pitfalls, and downfalls in their lives and careers. Yet, these people are able to pick themselves up, learn from mistakes if any, and soldier on. Resilient people refuse to be victims, and these personalities are the survivors that people admire and respect.
Humility: Some people might look at humility as a trait for the weak, but nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that humility is a trait of the strong and confident. As it pertains to management, one shows humility when they are flexible. A flexible leader is one who is open to change, input, and advice. These are the opposite of "My way or the highway" personalities. Humble leaders are teachable. They understand that they don't know everything, and that there is always a lesson to be learned in life, and in business. They also understand that these lessons can be learned from anything and anyone, not just their favorite mentors. Certainly, a humble leader understands that they aren't perfect, and as such, they have no problem owning their mistakes, with a willingness to learn.
Fortitude: Finally, a great people skill to have, is fortitude. Fortitude is a deep level of courage. People need to be inspired by those with fortitude, so that they can learn how to face the trials that will come their way, professionally.
If a management prospect possesses these people skills, then they will be well on their way as being looked at as an effective, inspiring manager. Learn how we can help you reach your goals as a leader. Request your Free 30 minute coaching session.