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How to Develop your Management Skills to Enable Career Progression

Dec. 5, 2019 | Posted by Jamie Costello
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Career development is regarded as one of the most important aspects why employees choose a particular organisation to work for. Whilst in most cases, businesses tend to keep to their word about development others slowly forget to put the processes in place. This is why taking control of your own management, especially if you’re looking for a management role in the future, maybe something that you’d consider.

Being considered for a management role requires adopting particular skills and developing them to enable career progression. With this in mind, there are some points to consider in relation to this:

Gain as much experience beforehand

A good way to develop your skills quickly is getting ahead of the game as soon as possible. This means gaining experience in management roles before you become a manager. A common mistake that employees tend to have is jumping into management roles without having adequate experience of demonstrating the right skills beforehand, making it a more difficult experience once you become a manager.

There are some conclusive ways you can achieve this but some can be more effective than others. A good opportunity to demonstrate your skills is requesting to be the lead for an internal project that might be happening in the business. As a project manager, it will provide you the platform to showcase skills that are required to perform in a senior manager role and demonstrate that you’re able to lead and manage a team.

The end goal would be to complete the project as well as possible, following good teamwork and productive time management skills. In doing so, it can provide you with valuable experience for any future manager roles that you take.

Reflect on how you interact and manage other people

One of the biggest tests that you’ll discover in a management role is how to deal with people and teams. With so many personalities and skill sets in close vicinity, it’s good to develop these skills as soon as you can. The challenge is trying to achieve this from a non-managerial role. Positive signs of good team management is being able to confidently deal with conflict and disputes, raising team morale and even identifying the correct times to circulate praise to your team members.

Whilst having a sense of authority in a management role, the main purpose of management isn’t to be stern and controlling as this can happen often even in a non-management role. It’s about adopting the right management style to cater to the individuals in your team. Different people prefer different ways of being managed, but a good indication that you’re performing it well is if employees approach you for advice and feedback. This means your insight is considered important because of how you present yourself.

It’s also important to adapt your behaviour in different situations. Whilst some situations may require a stern approach, others may need calmness and a logical approach. Earning a respectful role in your business can be far more rewarding as it means you’ve developed your skills in the right way to reach it.

Develop your communication skills

Having the ability to talk to people is a vital asset to have in business. Effective communication helps you to understand the needs of others but also creates a sense of trust and comfort towards one another.

There can be several instances where poor communication can be apparent in business. Whether it’s between management and staff, communication between the staff themselves or communicating with clients. So, having the ability to smooth the process of communication is an extremely desirable skill to have in a management role, especially when you consider that it can lead to issues being raised, a loss of money and time to resolve the disputes.

Good communication is a quality skill to have in general, regardless of whether you’re in a management role or not. This is why developing this skill can help to improve both short and long term in roles that you adopt in the workplace. Therefore, there are some tips that can help you to develop your skills further in the place of work:

- Be clear and concise

- Adopt active listening skills

- Repeat what others have communicated to you to let them know you’ve understood what they’ve said

- Have a respectful tone to prevent the sense of rudeness to others

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Create a positive environment

Mental well being continues to be an important topic of conversation within the workplace. Employees tend to spend the majority of their working lives at a place of business, so if this becomes an environment that they don’t enjoy or feel comfortable in, it can be rather damaging to their health. How an environment feels can be largely down to the structure and atmosphere created by the manager. This is why it can be useful to get a better understanding of how to provide a positive working environment.

There are many ways this can be influenced, whether it’s as small as having regular team meetings with your staff or organising team events these can all contribute to how your employees feel in the workplace. Encouragement of ideas and innovation can be a breath of fresh air for how people with to approach their work. It can increase their positivity and feel like they’re more in control of what they produce. So, if you’re considering a management role, ensure that you’re supportive and encouraging to others as you’ll be the key to implementing anything that seems like a good idea.

Gaining trust is also another way to achieve a positive environment, but this isn’t something that can just be achieved overnight. It takes time and effort before trust is gained, but it’s on you to do everything you can and as soon as you can to earn it. Even if you’re not in a management role.

Final thoughts

The most important thing to take from this is that developing skills for management isn’t something that you can learn in quick succession. It requires growing particular skills from the beginning of your career and applying these within certain situations that are common of management roles. Once you understand this, you’ll be in the right position to take the next step in your career.

 

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Written by Jamie Costello

Jamie Costello is a Junior Legal Assistant based in the UK and regularly enjoys writing pieces around legal issues and business topics. This helps him to improve his knowledge whilst also showcasing his expertise in the field. He uses his past experience from education as well as working alongside contentious probate solicitors to collate his articles.