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What are the Skills Needed to Be a Good Manager?

Kashmira Lad
A manager has a very important role to play in a company and for that he needs to possess certain skills. Take a look at some of the skills needed to be a good manager.
In order for any organization to run smoothly, there has to be a great team in place. While the employees make all the work happen (so to say), the managers ensure that all the work is done well enough. In that order, a good manager is a boon for any company. He is the one who has to ensure that the organization's affairs are well taken care of.
Thus, a good manager needs to have a strong knowledge about the functioning of the company so that he can make valuable contributions to the same.
But isn't 'good' a rather ambiguous term to use when describing the qualities of a manager? What does 'good' mean? By using the term 'good' we mean a capable and responsible person, one who can make things happen. While it is true that there are a few who are born to be natural leaders, there are others who need to work their way towards becoming one.
There are certain skills that a person must possess in order to become a responsible manager. Let us review some of the skills necessary for the same.

Great Communication

The most important skill for a good manager is communicating well with his team. Unless he is able to do this and explain to them what the management expects from them there will be no results garnered.

Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

For achieving a goal, a team will face several problems and difficult times. In such a situation, the team manager must be adept at decision making and problem solving.

A Set of Skills

There are several skills that a manager should possess. The most important one being that he should be able to organize and plan well. This becomes necessary in order to meet the goal that has been set.
For this to happen, he must also possess the knowledge of effective time management. A person who manages to plan the schedule and divide time equally between tasks can be an asset for the organization.

Ability to Guide

A good manager should have all the basic leadership skills. There are various ways in which a person can handle different situations through various leadership roles.
A good leader should be able to guide his/her teammates to be able to perform well. Leadership does not mean dominating people. It means encouraging them such that they work to the best of their abilities and produce positive results.

Building a Great Team

Team building is not a simple task and the test of a good manager lies in the fact whether he can build a great team. For this, it is necessary that he learns what the skills of each team worker are and makes use of them in the best possible manner for the good of the greater goal. He must possess the ability to listen and encourage his team as well.
For a team to perform efficiently, a good manager should be able to motivate the team for their tasks. He/she should encourage talents. In case of people with low performances, he/she should tackle the situation with professionalism to reach a positive conclusion.


It is very, very important that a manager keep himself constantly updated about the workings of his field. This is necessary so that he can use the knowledge and make positive contributions to the goal.

Possessing Goals

A good manager should also have a visionary sight for the benefit of the company. He/she should plan the future steps for the growth of the company.

Other Skills

Here are some other skills that a good manager must possess:

- Even in a crisis, a person with good managerial skills should be able to perform well. He/she should be mentally tough to handle any kind of situation and tackle a trying period with ease.
- He/she should also be responsible enough to maintain a good office atmosphere. A manager should be sensitive towards others in the workplace. A happy atmosphere would only lead to more productivity for the company.
With these skills, a person can definitely strive to be a good manager and thus be an asset for any organization.