What sets the most successful managers apart from others? You might be an expert in your field, even the smartest person in the room — but that’s no guarantee of success. You need an array of skills that are particularly well-suited to times of change and challenge. Here are 10 I recommend.
1. Strategic Thinking
Don’t just immerse yourself in today’s tasks. Think big picture. Step back from the dance floor from time to time and take the balcony view (Hat tip for that great metaphor to the book, “Leadership on the Line.”) Review systems. Set priorities aligned with major goals. Learn new and scary things. Encourage innovation by backing good people who take smart risks.
Overcome the four barriers to collaboration I’ve written about before.
- Distance: Stay on the radar with people you don’t see regularly.
- Dominance: Change assumptions about the importance/subservience of certain roles in your organization.
- Discomfort: Educate yourself and your staff about the work of others.
- Dissonance: Check your demands and systems to make certain they aren’t undercutting collaboration.
Be a role model for effectively networking by showing the value of spanning old boundaries and busting old silos.
3. Emotional Intelligence
Your IQ alone can’t fuel the group’s success.… Read more