Do you know what it takes to make any organisation great? It takes high quality, satisfied, motivated, and well trained members or employees for certain. However, to realise those benefits, an organisation needs quality to start at the top, with the best leadership and management. When an organisation boasts leadership from the top down and dedicated management of its members or employees, it is poised to perform, grow, and succeed in whatever its undertakings are. Finding managers who are passionate about their leadership skills and passionate about serving and motivating those in their charge isn’t easy. Such qualities are hard to come by, but they can be developed, whether an individual is a natural leader or not.
Qualities of an Effective Manager
Some managers are natural-born leaders, with many of the qualities that it takes to be an effective manager. Whether you are a natural-born leader or not, you have the ability to grow into an effective manager with the skills and leadership traits you need to lead by example, and command the respect of those around you with nothing but effective persuasion. There are two types of authority that you can use to manage and motivate others. There is delegated authority, or that which is given to you by higher level management, and there is persuasive authority, or that which comes from earning the respect of those in your charge, which motivates them to follow you. Of the two, persuasive authority is the most effective, and having the power of persuasion is arguably the most important quality a manager can have. Once you have the power of persuasion, you can develop other qualities such as dependability and loyalty, courage and decisiveness, enthusiasm, knowledge, unselfishness, and others.
Training Is Important
There are many training opportunities for aspiring managers, from formal leadership and management courses to self-help and personal-growth classes. Organisations often provide training opportunities to their managers and higher leadership candidates, or will pay for formal qualification training that reflects the role managers and leaders must fulfil by applying their own specialised knowledge and skills as they gain leadership and management experience. This type of specialised training teaches individuals the skills they need to use initiative and judgement in the planning and implementation of a range of leadership and management functions. Learned accountability for personal and team outcomes in the performance of a diverse range of duties is also a fundamental part of leadership and management training.
With sufficient training, managers will demonstrate the ability to use cognitive and communication skills to collect, analyse, and develop information provided by a variety of sources so that knowledge can be effectively transferred to others under their responsibility. Well-trained managers learn the importance of effectively expressing their ideas and facilitating effective communication with those for whom they are responsible. The ability to view situations and ideas from diverse perspectives facilitates the ability to provide a trained response to a range of problems with varying levels of complexity.