Blog – Good managers aren’t born, they’re trained! Part 1 Email Print
Published: 5th of Mar 2018 by: Carolyn Kessler

How many of you undertook your driving test on the first day you ever drove a car? Just climbed in, co-ordinated with ease the clutch, brake, accelerator and gears? All the while checking your rear

How many of you undertook your driving test on the first day you ever drove a car? Just climbed in, co-ordinated with ease the clutch, brake, accelerator and gears? All the while checking your rear view mirror, side mirrors and using your indicators at the right times, without any problem at all? Reversed, parallel parked, and steered correctly through the obstacle course at the driving test centre without so much as nicking a pole? And were awarded your license there and then, on the spot, on your maiden voyage as a driver?

If you were to tell me this is exactly how you obtained your license, I’d be forced to tuck that information in my mental, “not a chance pal” file. Because it’s an impossibility. And thank goodness for that! We need skilled drivers on our roads and skills are developed through gaining knowledge and learning how and when to apply it effectively. No one became a skilled driver via osmosis. It took perseverance and practise.

Let’s apply this principle to the broad subject of Management SKILLS. See, it’s called that because it’s a skill. One that requires gaining competency in a vast array of areas. As with all skills – this one needs to be taught, practised and evaluated and re-evaluated for you to be any good at it.

I’m pretty sure there are plenty of you who are nodding their heads sagely and agreeing with me. You’re the ones who are most probably great managers. Why? Well, because self-awareness is the cornerstone of a good manager. Only someone with this level of self-awareness, (humility), can really grasp that initial and ongoing learning and practising is integral to becoming a good manager.

Sure there are people who are naturally more effective in some areas. But let’s keep in mind that being a great communicator, or good with figures, or deadline driven, or being able to read people well or being naturally assertive, will definitely count for you when you assume a management role. Fact is, many of the qualities I just enumerated are often mutually exclusive. In addition, these are just a few of the skills in which you will need to gain proficiency if you are to grow into a truly good manager. Having one or two in your arsenal simply won’t cut it.

In my next blog, I’m going to present a scenario which I encounter on many of the Management and Leadership workshops which we run. A situation to which I’m confident many of you’ll relate.

In the meantime, go onto our extremely user friendly webpage and take a peek at how comprehensively our Developing your Management Potential and 3-Day Leadership series cover the qualities essential in the development of every effective manager and leader.

See you on the other side!


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