From Novice Manager to Pro
The way we develop management skills is not so different from the way we develop as human beings. As babies, we learn words and eventually learn to craft them into sentences. We crawl, we try to walk and fall down, and then we pick ourselves up and try again. We are human sponges, learning by soaking up everything we can. As a novice manager, be a sponge. Observe other managers, read books and articles, ask questions, and get training if it's available. When you make mistakes, learn from them and move on. In our formative years, we need teachers. Find a mentor who has management experience. Adopt an attitude of continuous improvement.
As humans, much of what we learn is through experience. The same is true for management. As you "mature" in your role, you will gain confidence and your management skills will improve from experience. Eventually, new managers will view you as a pro and turn to you for advice - and you will be able to share your valuable knowledge with them!
Below is a list of topics you may want to explore to strengthen your management and people skills. (Links have been provided for topics that were covered in previous SCS e-news issues.)
Not sure where to start? Try taking the self-tests below to assess your current skills and identify opportunities for improvement.
Management skills self-test
Communication skills self-test
Time-Management skills self-test