14 Effective Manager's Basic Skills

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A skillful manager is able to manage and monitor effectiveness in such a way that objectives are achieved. A manager should be  result - oriented and make the things happen. A successful manager possesses certain qualities in applying his or her skills and carrying out various managerial roles.

Managerial skills are not necessarily in born and  fall into four main groups: technical, interpersonal, conceptual and communication. A successful manager possesses certain quantities in applying his or her skills and carrying out various managerial roles.                                              

The basic skills required to become an effective manager are:                                                        

1. Cooperation: Managers must cooperate with his team members and with other managers at all  levels in the organization. He should be able to create an environment for mutual cooperation &  understanding.                                                                                                                      

2. Duty and Discipline: Manager must understand the requirements of his job. He must put his self  after the service. He must be well disciplined and he must maintain good discipline in his team.    

3. Self Confidence: A manager must have self-confidence. He should also be able to develop self-  confidence in his subordinates.                                                                                              

4. Liveliness: The manager must promote lively environments in  the organization. People should  not work like a machine; rather they should show signs of life through their interaction.                

5. Social Adaptability: Manager must be able to adapt or adjust himself in any type of social  environments.                                                                                                                        

6. Ability to Influence: A manager must be able to influence his team members and get their willing  support.                                                                                                                              

7. Organizing Ability: A manager must be a good organizer. He must properly organize the things &   events in his area of responsibility.                                                                                          

8. Initiative: A manager must be proactive. He should feel his response-ability to take action rather  than waiting for others to act.                                                                                                

9. Speed of Decision: Manager must be quick & sharp in decision-making. Once a decision is taken,  he should go all out to get it implemented.                                                                              

10. Determination: A manager has to be well determined to achieve his objectives. He should show  persistence & steadfastness.                                                                                                

11. Effective Intelligence:  A manager must be intelligent both mentally & emotionally. Emotional  intelligence is as important as mental intelligence.                                                                     

12. Risk Taking: Manager has to take risks. No  risks means no benefit. He should be bold enough  to take risks.                                                                                                                         

13. Power of Expression: Any body who can not express himself effectively is no good for the  organization.                                                                                                                        

14. Sense of Responsibility: A manager must feel his responsibility as a team player and a team  leader.                                                                                                                                

While all the above skills are important, the relative importance of each varies according to the level  of the manager in the organization.                                                                            

A positive & proactive retired Major from Pakistan Army. MBA from IBA,Karachi University.Presently, Head of Business Administration Department in Minhaj University, Gulberg Campus, Lahore. Member HR Forums at Lahore, Pakistan.

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