The higher you climb on the corporate ladder, the more valuable your leadership skills become. Whether you're moving up in your current organization or looking for a position with more responsibility, you'll need to establish solid management skills. We've put together this blog to help you improve your management skills - quickly and affordably.
Hit Your Local Library For Books About Management
There's no shame in the self-education game! There are a host of books available, both in print and online. You don't need to treat every book like the ultimate management bible. Take what you need from each. Not sure which books to read? Try some of these:
Don't have access to a local library? There are also plenty of business magazines for you to sample online, like the Harvard Business Review (HBR).
Get a Mentor
Management is all about people skills. And no matter how much you read, there will always be a new situation to master. Reach out to a supervisor from your past whom you admire, whether he or she is your current boss or not, and ask for mentoring help. Most folks will be flattered and thrilled to help you out. If they're too busy, respect their time and try to find someone else.
New to the workforce? Ask one of your old teachers or professors. Explain to your future mentor that:
- You're trying to develop your supervisory skills.
- You admire their management technique and people skills, and you'd like to emulate them.
- All you need is twenty minutes of their time a few days a month for a phone call or a thorough email.
Practice Makes Perfect - Put Those Skills to Work
Explain to your current boss that you've been reading and studying, and that you'd like to build your resume. Ask them if you can take on some tasks in the workplace as a group leader or task manager. Most supervisors will be thrilled with the chance to delegate a team task to you.
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