To be a good manager, you have to be aware of how your people are working, and how their work is impacting the organization. The two most essential skills are how you run the show, and how you communicate it.
The first is as basic as it gets. If you don’t have a clear vision, or a plan for how you’re going to accomplish a goal, you’re not going to accomplish it. If you can’t communicate that vision to your team, you’re going to end up with a pile of dead wood.
This is a very tricky one to say because it seems like people think everything is black and white, but you can’t be sure until you try. If you have a clear vision of what your people are going to accomplish, but you just dont know where that vision comes from, then you are likely to end up with chaos. This is the exact opposite of how the management team should be working.
The management team should be working as a team on a plan for the entire company. If you have a clear vision of what your people are going to accomplish, then you should be working toward that. It is a very difficult thing to accomplish, because it requires communicating across a very large and diverse group of people. The best example I know of is the management team of a company that was in a very difficult situation.
When the company was first started, the manager could not have been more proud of the team’s accomplishments, but as time went on he became more and more dissatisfied with the direction they were taking. It is very difficult to accomplish if you don’t have a clear vision of what you want your team to accomplish.
My current company was in a very similar situation. Our manager and the other managers felt the company was going in a very wrong direction. I disagreed, but the company as a whole felt that they were losing employees to other companies. The company also felt that everyone was taking their own direction, and as a result the people that were working at the company felt very dissatisfied.
That said, a company in a similar situation may still need to hire a new manager to give them the guidance they need to make good decisions. I know this because I have been in a similar situation myself. My current company felt that I was leaving after their first couple of months, and that they were losing momentum.
It’s kind of like a personal injury lawyer or a personal trainer. I know, I’m sounding like a broken record, but I don’t mean it quite like that. If your job is to teach people how to be better people, then you should probably be working with someone who is good at teaching them. If I was a personal trainer I wouldn’t go to people who were already good at it. I would go to people who were good at it and not give up.
Ministration is one of those jobs where you work with, not against, people. Just like any other job, you should do it well. In the case of ministration, you should ask for feedback, listen to your clients, and make sure that those things are working well for you, and not harming your business.
I think there is a lot of talk about the skillset that makes a good personal coach. The skill set is mostly about how you teach. The best personal coaches are the ones who teach without worrying if their clients are getting the right information. Some of the skillset can be learned through reading, watching, and asking others. I’ve worked with a number of people who are very good at teaching and who I think have great communication skills.