A manager does not necessarily have to be a genius in order to become successful – in fact, often you’ll find that most successful managers are neither an expert at a particular field nor have any high scores that make people say ‘wow’. They do, however, need to be good at several aspects of their profession, most notably leadership, administration, and delegation.
They need to know enough about everything and can pick the people who know everything about specific issues. Ever wonder how to choose the right manager, and how LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING can make your managers better? Here’s everything you need to know about the most important duties of a manager.
A good manager is not defined by what he or she can accomplish on their own – on the contrary; a good manager is defined by what he or she can make sure the team as a whole accomplishes. This requires a skill set that focuses on the team and an understanding of the specific skills and experiences the individual members have. Bringing the various individuals together in a match that best fits the goals of the company is the mark of a true leader. Leadership is about communicating a vision, and making decisions about how the team will accomplish this in the most effective and efficient way.
It’s something most visionaries don’t like to think about, but administration is a very important task; most decisions require financial and legal considerations to be made. Furthermore, in order for there to be constant and correct communication between departments, there is a need for accurate reporting. Administration is incredibly important in order to avoid mistakes. An effective leader knows how to handle administration and ensures timely and correct documentation of what is done and what will be done in the future.
No person can do it alone. In fact, a true manager would never attempt to do so. A true leader understands that there are people they work with to whom they can go for advice. A true leader also understands what the skills of their specific people are and delegates the assignments effectively according to their expertise.
One more thing: for any organisation – even a non-profit one – selling is a key feature that should always be focused on, so it’s crucial that the manager has qualifications that enable them to mobilise a team of marketing specialists and sales personnel. If it’s not to sell a product or service, then at least it’s to sell an image or goal. It’s a matter of boosting the morale of a sales force or department; it’s a matter of energising a team of people who are there to promote the business. In the end, the manager’s primary duty is to promote success.
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