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Six Important Managerial Skills for Leadership

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people. - Mahatma Gandhi

A good leader is always looking for ways to improve production and standards. A mark of a good leader is to supply constant motivation to his team to keep excellence and quality in results. Here are six skills you can develop in working to reach a rate in the group.

1. Observation

This is an important aspect that often gets neglected due to the demands on a leader’s time and schedule. Observation and regular visits to the work environment need to be scheduled into the calendar. Observing employees’ work procedures and workflow is foundational to implementing adjustments to improve results. To have credibility, a leader needs to be seen and known to be up to date with what is happening in the workplace.

2. Monitor Employee Performance

Employee performance needs to be checked in mutually acceptable ways. Policies and procedures need to be precise. Conferencing should be regular and not just when there is a problem. Assessments and evaluations should not be merely all formality or paperwork to be done. Individual and group conferencing should be undertaken with the expectation of ongoing professional development. There should be frequent encouragement and transparent criteria for ongoing goals for the group and individual.

3. Implementation of Professional Development Programs

A good leader evaluates weaknesses and supplies training and development strategies to strengthen the weaker skills in the team.

4. Proves Working Knowledge and Expertise

Good leadership comes from solid knowledge and experience of the production and process, leading to results. If a leader does not have all the ability and ability, he should hold regular consultations with experts. This is important to keep a correct and informed overall picture.

5. Good Decision Making

Good leadership is characterized by the ability to make good decisions. A leader considers all the varied factors before planning. A clear decision creates confidence in the administration.

6. Ability to Conduct and Evaluate Research

Ongoing review and research are vital to keeping on the forefront of business. While managing the present to ensure continued excellence in performance and product, a good leader can also look toward the future. Conducting and evaluating research is essential to planning and preparing for the future.

Excellent leadership is always initiative-taking rather than reactive. By developing these six managerial skills, a good leader is on the journey to becoming a great leader.

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