What got you here won’t get you there! So, what does it take to get you where you want to go? In this article, we’ll discuss 6 competencies you need to develop ASAP to take you to the next level.
FACT: “Nearly 600% of frontline managers underperform during their first 2 years.” – Corporate Executive Board
Managers are often placed in their position due to likeability, longevity, or because of property transitions. Many times, this is implemented without clear expectations and with minimal to no training, mentoring or modeling. Clearly, this practice sets them up to fail! Here are 6 common areas where shortcomings can cause a manager to fail:
- Effective people and project management
- Developing successful professional relationships
- Maintaining personal integrity
- Clear and concise communication
- Confident and thoughtful decision making
- Adhering to professional ethics
Below, we’ll discuss the ways you can strengthen your skills as a manager and avoid these pitfalls. These are the 6 essential competencies you need now:
- Be Aware and Prepared
A managerial position requires that you are always prepared because you are the leader for your team.
- Be Coachable
Every person needs support and guidance. The best way to grow and move forward in your career is to be open to coaching from those ahead of you.
- Have Clarity of Direction
Clarity of direction will help your team move forward quickly and in a positive direction. If you do not feel you have the proper direction or information to make a clear decision, ask for help or support.
Your clarity will help you define to your team what is expected and it will also help your team work together better.
- Communicate Often
Share what you know with your team. As the manager, it is up to you to keep your team in the loop. Make sure they are clear on the purpose of their tasks and the ultimate goals of the team. This will help them understand the overall direction of the community and will foster trust within your team. Update your people on projects and assignments at the higher level and they will complete their own tasks in a more developed way.
- Develop Your Own Relationships
Engage yourself outside of your own team. You need to build relationships with other managers and association members, so reach outside of your own company to make connections. Your ability to build industry contacts and serve on committees will be key to your position as manager and to expanding your horizons.
- Welcome Feedback
Be open to feedback from all levels of staff. No matter how great you are, you can always be better! This is imperative for trust within the team as well as your professional growth.
These essential competencies never get old. Remember your professional growth is an ongoing process, so stick with it!
RESOURCE: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
The Sue Weston Company, President