As one moves up the corporate ladder and enters senior management level, the responsibilities for managers keep mounting, leaving them with minimal time for honing their own management skills. Their duties involve a wide variety of management tasks, effectively communicating with higher management, tackling clients and customers, and so on. Such hectic routines may lead to managers feeling dissatisfied about their performance and management skills.
To effectively perform all their responsibilities at a senior management level, regular management training programs are necessary. These management training materials must be designed such that they meet the training requirements of the managers in a short time span, to ensure that they don’t eat into a managers limited time while ensuring all the benefits and goals are achieved.
The following are management skills that a management training program should comprise of for a senior manager to meet the training requirements:
A manager who enters senior management level must be confident of their own leadership. They need to maintain a strong and clear relationship with various groups of people in the company and outside of it — subordinates, peers, higher management, clients and vendors etc. It is essential that they know how to handle and communicate effectively, to know where a subtle show of leadership is required, when outright handling is necessary and where none at all – all without being aggressive or bossy.
As pointed out, it is necessary that a manager needs to communicate with various groups of people as a part of their job. Thus, their communication skills should match the needs perfectly. This skill is at times an innate one for certain people; however, any manager can obtain and hone it through practice. This is an important training requirement that a management training package should incorporate.
Often conflicts, ego issues and misunderstandings can arise within team members. A similar issue may crop up when senior managers deal with superiors. Thus, an effective management training program should include concepts of decision making, networking, problem solving, conflict resolution and negotiation skills, as part of its training requirements.
Possessing knowledge of ones own strengths and weaknesses is a must for any professional, especially for a senior manager. Self-assessment should be an important training requirement of a management training module. This enables a manager to find out their skills and weaknesses and guides them accordingly. Hence, a management training program should ensure that at the end of it, a manager can effectively perform a SWOT analysis.
New employees and other team members, may at times, need training and mentoring from the manager. This makes mentoring one of the key management skills and is therefore an unmissable training requirement from management training programs.
Time Management Skills
Being able to see the value of every moment is an essential management skill. For a senior manager, time management is a particularly significant skill. That makes it another important training requirement to be included in a management training module.
A manager can confidently do justice to his tasks and company, once all these management skills are covered comprehensively as per training requirements in a management training program.