Mastering these Core competencies can help you become a better manager and leader and boost your career.
I recently got to work outlining the traits, attitudes, skills and knowledge required to become a good manager and leader. I ended up with a list of items and then compiled them into categories that I think make sense. Those categories include staying focused on outcomes; mastering daily management; mastering strategic management and mastering self management. It’s in the early stages of development, and I haven’t yet written any definitions of the categories.
See what you think…
Staying Focused on Outcomes
- Working with Your Manager
- Collaborative Goal Setting and Alignment
- Designing the Customer Experience
- Keeping Score
Mastering Daily Management
- Directing and Delegating
- Problem Solving and Decision Making
- Mastering Performance Feedback
- Managing Budgets/Resources
- Managing Conflict
- Managing Core Processes
Mastering Strategic Management
- Becoming a Systems Thinker
- Developing Vision, Mission, Values, Strategy (incl. KPIs/Scorecards)
- Managing Key Initiatives and Projects
- Managing Change
- Developing a Motivating and Collaborative Environment
- Developing Your Staff
Mastering Self Management
- Developing Greater Self Awareness
- Presenting and Influencing
- Developing Your Listening Skills
- Managing Your Time and Priorities
Now here’s some questions to ask yourself. The answers may just help you become a better manager and leader, and also give your career a big boost.
Based on your experience…
- Which items do you think need most attention in the business world?
- Which items are most important?
- Which items do you personally need to improve on?
- Which items are you strongest on?
- What’s missing from this list?
Core competencies are designed to help you identify and then work on your strengths and remedy your weaknesses. The key is to get to work…