Six Leadership Competencies for Effective Managers

Traditionally, research about business leadership has been guided by efforts to find the best leadership style to incorporate in an organization. From the advent of transformational leadership to ethical and authentic leadership, recent research has found the style of leadership matters less than the competencies displayed by leaders.

Here are six competencies an ideal manager or team leader should demonstrate:

  1. Expert communication skills: Managers who are skillful communicators listen attentively to employees concerns, adapt their communication based on each employee’s personality style and manage conflict in a manner to allow all parties to experience a satisfactory outcome.
  2. Promote organizational changes necessary for developing and keeping top talent: Organizations often need to adapt their departments and policies in order to develop and encourage a high-performing workforce. Effective managers are skilled at helping all levels of the organization understand the need to make changes to satisfy employee needs and create a thriving organization.
  3. Provide high-impact performance feedback: To help employees develop to their full potential, effective managers know how to provide frequent positive and constructive feedback in a manner which motivates both under-performing and high-performing employees.
  4. Maximize employees’ leadership strengths: A strengths-based management style ensures managers are aware of their own strengths and interact with employees and the leadership team in a way that capitalizes on their own strengths. Effective managers are also aware of their employees’ strengths and consciously create development opportunities to maximize employees’ strengths.
  5. Understand multigenerational workforce trends: Baby Boomers, who once dominated the workforce, are now beginning to retire. Millennials have quickly become the largest cohort in the workforce and have very different work styles than previous generations. Effective managers understand the needs of the different generations and adapt accordingly.
  6. Focus on employees’ career development needs: A top reason high-performing employees stay in their jobs is because they have the opportunity to learn and grow. Effective managers develop career development plans with their employees and follow up to ensure the plans are implemented.

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