While there are a wide variety of management styles that can be effective for a business manager, there are a handful of skills that are essential for any business manager (or indeed, for almost any leader). Cultivating these skills is essential in ensuring that you are the best leader that you can be and that you will best be able to manage your business to profitability and a brighter future. Here are some of the skills that are essential for a good business manager.
As a leader, most of what you do is to communicate with people. In the business world, that means talking to your employees and your clients, and being able to get the point across quickly and effectively is very important. Communicating is a skill, and mastery can allow you to get your point across in a succinct manner, with your objectives and demands being clear.
It’s famously said, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Over the course of decades, a small business begun in a garage became Apple computers, but patience plays an important role in leading a business through that building process. Patience also helps with knowing when to act and when to wait.
3. Time Management
Accomplishing objectives on a deadline requires time management skills, and running a business will prove that to anyone. Managing a business is not something where you can put the work you need to do on the backburner until the day before the work is due.
When it comes to being a manager, you are not only managing your own schedule; you are managing the schedules of employees, making sure you have enough employees on hand to complete work and to deal with the workload you expect. Having too many people on hand means you’re paying people to do less work; having too few means that the work you need to be done isn’t getting done. Time management skills are essential to leadership of any sort.
Everyone has had that boss who wouldn’t let anyone else do anything. They micromanage horribly, they never really let you learn your job, and their employees hate them. A good leader needs to understand how to delegate authority and responsibility to people. This is especially true in instances where the business is growing, and a manager who was once out in the field performing labor is now in the office directing others to perform the labor.
5. Common Sense
A leader needs to have common sense. A leader who lacks common sense is open to ill-use by the employees, to them walking all over him. On the other hand, a leader with common sense will be a much better steward of the future of the business, and its profitability. A leader needs to know when something sounds too good to be true, when something cannot possibly be true, and when to trust employees and their opinions.
Some may argue about whether accountability is a skill or not. But for a leader, a manager of a business, it is an important thing to have. When things go wrong, when profits aren’t as good as projections, a good manager knows that the buck stops with their decision-making. A good manager will then consider better methods for making those decisions in the future.
A manager who avoids accountability, on the other hand, is a disaster waiting to happen. If no one learns from mistakes, no progress is being made, and there’s no guarantee that the mistakes won’t be made all over again
Organization is extremely important for a manager. If you’re going to be an effective manager, you must have at least a vague idea of where things are at all times. That includes payroll, receipts, shipments, and more. Everything needs to have a proper place, and it needs to be possible to find it, wherever it may be.
These are some of the most important skills that a business manager needs. If you’re looking for someone that can teach those skills, there are a few courses out there, like the business management course at Stratford Career Institute, that can help get you off to a good start. However, as with all skills, there are some instances where you just can’t teach the skills.
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