Essential Managerial Skills

importantOver the next few days we’re going to take a look at seven skills I truly believe any good manager or management trainee should strive to develop. This particular skill set will ensure you have the ability to perform your job functions while at the same time communicating effectively with your team.

Without further delay, please consider:

Technical skills – will allow you to actually accomplish your job.

Interpersonal skills –will enable you to communicate with other people.

Conceptual skills – give you the ability to see the overall picture and goals of your organization.

Diagnostic skills – give you the ability to assess and react to individual situations.

Communication skills – relate closely to interpersonal skills and allow you to both relay and receive thoughts and ideas.

Decision-Making skills – allow you to recognize problems and effectively identify and decide on a plan of action.

Time-Management skills – allow you to organize, prioritize, and delegate work in the most effective manner possible.

As a manager, it’s often difficult to juggle your individual tasks with your management roles. Each and every day involves a series of interruptions as you are challenged by your scheduled tasks, surprise meetings, unexpected phone calls, staffing concerns, and other unpredictable occurrences.

Each of the skill sets we are going to explore is important in and of itself. An effective manager will be able to mold each of these skill sets together, thus allowing him to not only guide his team, but complete his own day-to-day tasks with as much efficiency and as little stress as possible.

We’ll go into further detail on each throughout the coming week. Stay tuned.

Thanks again,


Sean McPheat

Managing Director

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