Learn to improve your people management skills
How to be a better manager
People management is an important skill to have. Whether you are currently in charge or not, or even employed or not, enhancing this skill can have a significant impact on your career.
Every year on January 24th we observe National Compliment Day because we recognize the importance of praise and compliments. A good manager always remembers to recognize the staff because a compliment can be a powerful tool. Whether you are at the giving or the receiving end, timely praise can elevate people’s confidence and have a direct impact on employee retention. It’s just an all-around win-win act. You have nothing to lose by making someone smile. Who knows how far your positive vibe can go? Spread the praise or gratitude and let it take its course.
In case if you believe your people management skills are not strong, you can improve by learning a few psychology techniques and implementing this knowledge in your career. We all inherently share the same basic needs and desires. When you help others meet their need, they tend to respond in a warmer and more receptive manner. With a bit of practice, patience, and a keenness to understand others, you can also develop excellent people management skills.
Below are seven crucial qualities that can improve your people management skills:
7 Easy Techniques To Improve People Management Skills
1. Empathize with others. If you had that manager position, would you behave any differently? Great managers are good at reading the emotions and thoughts of others. They instantly pick up on creeping issues and work tirelessly to solve problems amongst feuding members. Ask yourself if you’re open to doing the same if you had that role.
2. Be generous with gratitude and appreciation. You may feel thankful to members of your team, but if you never say it or express it, they will never know for sure. So, eschew any iota of doubt and look for newer and better ways to express these emotions when you feel them.
3. Don’t hoard genuine compliments. Regularly look for areas where your team has excelled recently and sincerely compliment them for it. As long as it’s sincere, the recipients will sense it and will appreciate your compliment even more.
4. Treat others with respect. Regardless of their status or stance in life, aim to always treat everybody you encounter with respect. Treat them the same way you would like to be treated. This is a true demonstration of strength and character, two essential qualities that epitomizes a person with great people skills.
5. Delegate correctly. Assign tasks according to skill and competency. Once people understand their roles and are put in the right position, they will all get the chance to excel at what they know how to do best. This way, the team will be much more productive and team members will be motivated to do even more.
6. Be Honest, always. Honesty is still the best policy. Once people get hold of a lie you told, your whole integrity and trustworthiness as a person will come under scrutiny. Earning and keeping the trust of others is a vital leadership skill. When others trust you, they will also believe in you, and all your deeds, opinions and goodwill will mean much more to them.
7. Be a Great Listener. It’s often said that it is easier to talk and harder to listen and that listening is half the conversation. Genuinely listen to others when they approach you. Regardless of whether you agree with what they are saying or not, make it a point to carefully listen and attempt to rationalize their position. Once people know that you’ll give them a listening ear, they would be more open to approaching you.
Make it a habit to implement these seven strategies into your dealings and interactions with others and it won’t take long for you to discover that people will be more open to following your lead and accepting your ideas.
Mandy Fard is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, CMRW) and Recruiter with decades of experience in assisting job seekers, working directly with employers in multiple industries, and writing proven-effective resumes.