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Develop Effective Managers and Leadership

Aug 7, 2008
Your organization's managers are responsible for leading and directing others. Their success (or lack of it) has a tremendous impact on profitability. This article will provide information about how you can develop effective managers who can get the job done. Whether you're an executive, a manager or a team leader, the following information will be beneficial to you.

The best way for you to evaluate the performance of managers in your organization is to collect feedback from the people around them - their boss, their peers, and the people whose work they supervise. This method of collecting input from several sources in an employee's environment is very powerful tool because it provides a truly honest assessment of how the manager and their performance is viewed by a variety of constituents.

Traditionally, supervisors meet with employees one-to-one to discuss performance. The peer feedback method gives colleagues the opportunity to respond to questions about the manager with complete confidentiality and honesty so that the employee's true performance can be assessed. Based on this feedback, employees and managers can compare the opinions of others with their own perceptions, positively identify their strengths and pinpoint the areas of their job performance that could be improved.

The type of information an employee or manager receives from the peer feedback method will help them see themselves as others see them and allows them to seriously examine their behavior and its impact on others. They may receive information of which they may not have been previously aware.

Another great way to develop effective managers in your organization is to challenge your organization dynamics. Organizations often must undergo significant changes in their overall strategies, practices and operational tactics. As companies evolve through various life cycles, its leaders and employees must be able to successfully align with organizational changes so that they can evolve as well. That's why the topic of organizational management and analysis has become an important part of today's workforce.

There are employee assessments available that can provide you with a factual summary of the perceptions of a management group, so that organization leaders can continually make efforts to analyze the human capital aspects associated with an organization's long-term strategic objectives. The results present top management with potential managerial problems that can develop when managers' goals are not in alignment with the goals of the organization. Having this information, encourages leadership development on an individual level, as well as across the enterprise. This information strengthens communication and builds stronger organizations. By examining organizational dynamics, the company's culture and insights to the alignment of management groups with the company's goals and objectives, you will be able to develop a plan for where you are and where you want to go and how to get there.

And finally, improving the leadership and management skills of managers within an organization is becoming increasingly important. Managers who are able to perform their jobs better and work toward the goals of the organization can improve productivity with fewer "people problems," increased employee retention and greater profits.

Managers can improve their management skills by identifying their strengths and areas for development using information from assessments to develop the proficiencies that are most important to their professional growth and success. Assessments can help managers improve performance in all of the following competencies:

- Listening To Others
- Processing Information
- Communicating Effectively
- Instilling Trust
- Building Personal Relationships
- Delegating Responsibility
- Adjusting To Circumstances
- Thinking Creatively
- Providing Direction
- Facilitating Team Success
- Working Efficiently
- Working Competently
- Taking Action
- Achieving Results
- Cultivating Individual Talents
- Motivating Successfully
- Displaying Commitment
- Seeking Improvement
About the Author
Jim Sirbasku is co-founder and CEO of Profiles International, a leading provider of human resource management solutions and employment assessments for businesses worldwide. For more information about using assessments to develop effective managers and leadership , visit our website.
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