By Teena Rose, CPRW, CEIP, CCM, http://www.resumebycprw.com
If you're just starting out after
finishing school, or even if you've been on the job a few years, you
probably wonder if, someday, you might assume a management position in
your area of expertise. Maybe you aspire to become the department head, or
the shift supervisor, the director, or even the CEO. Most people do.
What are the characteristics of a good manger? More importantly, do you
fit the profile?
Are You a Multi-Tasker?
Managers oversee the work for others. Sometimes lots of others. They
coordinate work activities, conduct research and tests, plan business
strategies, and handle a bunch of complaints from the work floor.
Think you could learn to juggle three
balls in the air? How about 10? Well, you'd better learn to keep a lot of
balls in the air to be a successful manager. You have to be able to shift
from one project to another without missing a beat. You must organize each
workday to make the best use of your time.
As a manager, director, supervisor, or company owner, you will find each
day filled with different challenges. You just have to add each new
challenge to the pile and smile.
How's Your Judgment?
If you think it'd be a good idea to take your life savings and put it all
on red at the casino, you're probably not going to succeed as a company
CFO. You may have the training and experience, but clearly, you come up
short on sound, fiscal judgment - something any successful CFO must have.
Managers make decisions all day, everyday. And while every one of them may
not be a winner, most of them must be. That calls for common sense, street
smarts, and industry savvy. Watch how current managers do it. Learn all
you can about your company and your industry or profession, stay current
on current news and trends and develop a critical eye.
Do You Have Managerial Skills?
Can you write a decent letter or download an encrypted file from the main
office? Can you balance the ledger, review the time sheets and manage your
department's budget? All functions of management.
In many cases, you can pick up and even hone these skills on the job.
Learn the procedures and protocols by closely watching the work activities
of others in positions similar to those to which you aspire. It's
practical learning, it has application to your ultimate career success and
it's 100% free. Learn by watching.
In some cases, you can pick up or brush up on skills through adult ed
classes, vocational tech schools and your local community college. Here,
you can improve your computer skills (essential for any manager); learn
how to compose a letter and a report and an evaluation. You can get
certified, authorized, licensed or approved, thus increasing your value as
Are You a Team Leader?
That's what a manager is--a team leader. S/he has to organize the team
members to work in unison, increasing individual and department
productivity. Could you do that?
S/he has to inspire the troops when the crunch is on. A manager is a
cheerleader, urging the team ever upward toward success. How are your
leadership skills? Not sure?
Try working with a volunteer agency in your community, or get involved in
local politics. Learn to be a good follower. Good followers make the best
leaders. Gradually, assume more responsibility within the organization.
It'll hone your decision-making skills, your diplomatic skills and, you'll
be doing something good for others. That's a pretty nice package.
Coach your daughter's baseball team or your son's basketball team. You'll
learn to give directions in ways that inspire instead of scare to death.
You'll get more out of the team with solid, straightforward management
techniques than through the use of intimidation and fear tactics.
How Are Your People Skills?
Managers don't manage projects or reports or new testing procedures.
Managers manage people, at least the good ones do. And that means good
managers have good people skills.
They manage by example. They're honest with those they manage. They defend
the team and individual players. And, they have empathy.
Empathy is the ability to put yourself in the shoes of others. A great
manager (not just a good one) is able to empathize with the people he
directs. He knows what it's like. Maybe he's been there.
Or, maybe he just understands human needs and feelings - the need to
belong, the need for self-esteem, the need to trust and to be appreciated.
Empathy enables great managers to get the most from their employees by
creating the team, motivating it and keeping it on track-- all the while,
adapting to the needs of the team and its individual members. Each team
member is different, and accordingly, must be treated individually. Some
people take criticism well; others tear up. Good managers know who is who
on the team.
Do You Have the Ambition?
Well, you're reading this, so chances are you do want to become a manager
and take on more responsibility. Congratulations. You have the inner
drive. But, do you have the stamina?
It takes time, effort and dedication to prove your worth to an employer.
It's not a sprint, it's a marathon. You may have to take work home with
you, or work a weekend or two. It comes with the territory, and not
everyone is cut out to take on the extra work and to put in that extra
It doesn't matter whether you're just starting in your first 'entry-level'
job, or you've been in the workplace for a few years. Becoming a good
manager - a great manager takes more than desire.
So, are you management material? You're still reading, aren't you?
Teena Rose operates a prominent and
professional resume writing service, Resume to Referral.
She’s authored several
career books, including "20-Minute
Cover Letter Fixer"
to Design, Write, and Compile a Quality Brag Book"
and "Cracking the Code to Pharmaceutical Sales."
Teena Rose, CPRW, CEIP, CCM
Resume to Referral
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