“If I could sum up why I’m committed to the HR Girlfriends community it would come down to because we are ‘….in this together.'”

~Sana’ Rasul, Chief Girlfriend

Career Monday: A 10 Minute Guide to Brushing Up Your Management Skills

Maybe you dream about moving up into a management position. You’ll soon find that many employers are seeking all the traditional hard skills along with more intangible qualities. The good news is that most of these capabilities are things you can learn with practice.

Take a look at what qualifications you need to advance to the C-suite and how to develop those skills.

Hard Skills for Management Positions

1. Understand finance. You’ll need to be able to use accounting information to guide your decision-making as a manager. Learn to budget, manage cash flow,read balance sheets, and interpret profit/loss statements.

2. Master operations. Much of your work will involve planning and organizing the daily workload. Be prepared to manage projects and address any issues that arise.

3. Study marketing and sales. Customers are the lifeblood of any company. Whatever department you work in, you’ll be helping to manage customers and increase sales.

4. Integrate technology. Similarly, technology is an important part of any manager’s job. Stay updated on developments which impact your industry and take advantage of opportunities for automation.

5. Focus on business performance. Even junior executives may be expected to be savvy about corporate intelligence these days.Understand how to set the correct metrics for your company and work towards strategic goals.

Soft Skills for Management Positions

1. Enhance communications. Communication skills build healthy relationships so employees feel valued and strive to do their best. Set clear expectations. Be generous with feedback and praise.

2. Build teams. Your success depends on your wholeteam, as well as your individual efforts. Find top talent and encourage them to stay. Build rapport so you know how to inspire each team member. Be respectful and resolve conflicts promptly.

3. Delegate with ease. Putting a solid team in place gives you room to back off and let them take charge of their own responsibilities.Demonstrate your trust while being accessible to answer questions and talk things over.

4. Give presentations. You’ll probably be called upon to collect and synthesize information for your boss and other stakeholders. Over time, you’ll gain confidence even when you face a tough audience.

5. Commit to excellence. Superior execution is the most dependable way to make you and your business stand out. Become comfortable with constant change and continue to enhance the company.

How to Brush up Your Management Skills

1. Take initiative at work. Use your current position to start climbing up to management levels. Ask a coworker if they want assistance with a special project that will give you valuable experience, or step up and propose a new initiative to your boss where you can take a leading role.

2. Pursue freelance assignments. Keep an eye out for short-term contract work that you can add to your list of experiences. Just remember tocheck your company policiessoyoucanavoid any conflictwith your day job.

3. Volunteer your services. Volunteering is much more than stuffing envelopes. You can gain exposure to any area, from public relations to forecasting revenue. Get more involved in the local chapter of your professional association or check out charitable organizations and political campaigns you want to support.

4. Continue your education. Go back to school to complete a degree or certificate. Community colleges and university continuing education departments are experts at accommodating professionals who are working and going to school at the same time.

A managerial role could be your opportunity to shine. Oversee the work of others and help lead your company to even greater success. Careful planning and focused efforts will enable you to take on greater responsibility, develop your own talents, and coach others, all while living out your dream.

Leave a comment

Never miss an opportunity to earn HRCI/SHRM credits, identify a mentor, or connect 1:1 with another HR Girlfriend in your city or across the country.

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Author picture

HR Girlfriends™ is a Human Resources networking organization dedicated to advancing the practice and culture of people empowerment. Our team of Girlfriends consult, train, educate, develop, share, promote, and advocate for solutions in the field of human resource management.

Are You IN?
Or Are You OUT?

It’s time you join forces with a community of like-minded peers ready to tackle the issues unique to the women of HR.
  • All
  • Affirmations
  • Career Monday
  • COVID-19
  • CyberSAFE
  • Guest Blogger
  • HR Advisor Newsletter
  • HR Certifications
  • HR Compliance
  • HR Law Alert
  • HR Q&A
  • HR Reading
  • HR Reel Talk
  • Join Our Team - Apply Now
  • Membership
  • Talent Management
All
  • All
  • Affirmations
  • Career Monday
  • COVID-19
  • CyberSAFE
  • Guest Blogger
  • HR Advisor Newsletter
  • HR Certifications
  • HR Compliance
  • HR Law Alert
  • HR Q&A
  • HR Reading
  • HR Reel Talk
  • Join Our Team - Apply Now
  • Membership
  • Talent Management
Affirmations

Affirmation: My Dreams Are Within Reach

I am one of the fortunate few who are deeply aware of what they want in this wonderful life. Because of this, I can see ...
Read More →
Career Monday

Career Monday: Continuous Learning Made Easy

If you stopped thinking about your education on graduation day, think again. Continuous learning is a lifelong adventure that enriches your personal and professional life. ...
Read More →
HR Q&A

Q&A: What can we do to reduce turnover and retain employees?

High turnover can quickly become costly. We recommend the following practices to increase retention: • Pick the right people in the first place. Put thought ...
Read More →
Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap