5 Leadership Skills Every Manager Should Have

Dr. Ryan Giffen

Management can be difficult, but effective leadership can boost your business in the direction that it needs to grow. Learning all of the ins and outs of leadership through experience can be overwhelming and laborious. The good news is that there are a lot of people who have learned effective leadership through their own trial and error. There is a lot of important information that can be gleaned thanks to their experience. In the list below, you will find five critical skills that every manager should have to make a successful business. 

1: Effective Communication Skills

Good leadership is when you can communicate effectively. If you have a great business plan and strategy, it will do you no good if you cannot translate them into clear directives for your team. One of the key elements of effective communication is the ability to listen as well as talk. To have great leadership, you should establish respect by giving it. Listening to your team will help to establish that respect.

Be sure that you are clear and succinct with your directives and assert them with confidence and kindness. Positivity is a great vehicle for your directives and will help in avoiding being ignored. If negativity or passive language like “you should probably…” is used, your team will be more likely to tune you out. 

2: Awareness

In leadership, you should keep watch on the practices that do and do not work. This awareness is critical if you expect to grow in any way. This concept should be applied across the board. You should be aware of how your team responds as well as how the health of your business responds to each of your decisions. This way, you will be able to re-evaluate and adjust as the need arises. A growing business is a changing business.

3: Integrity

Honesty and integrity go a long way. Good leadership knows that his or her employees will respect his or her directives if they are honest and clearly have everyone’s best interests in mind. Even if the directives are not the preference of the team, respect is more likely when honesty and integrity are implemented and implied.

4: An Understanding of Relationships

Business requires relationships. Just as your success depends upon the relationships between your business and the clients, a healthy workplace depends upon the relationships of all of the team members. Good leadership will promote healthy workplace relationships across the board. A healthy workplace is the backbone of a viable business.

5: Innovation

Similar to the skill of awareness listed above, innovation can be the catalyst for great success. Good leadership should be constantly implementing new ideas and allowing the business to flex and grow. Some of the greatest ideas can come from your team members. Remember to always keep your ear to the ground to find ways to improve. Do not be afraid to change things up and try new things. A changing business is more likely to grow than a stale one.

About Dr. Ryan Giffen

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Ryan Giffen is an expert in human relations and business culture. His career began in hospitality, leading operations and human resource departments for Fortune 500 companies and the like. Not long after, Ryan found his passion for teaching and consulting. He earned a Ph.D. in Hospitality Management with a Human Resources focus from Iowa State University and now works as an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach. For over a decade, he continues to research and speak on organizational culture, relationship intelligence, and leadership effectiveness. Ryan is also the founder of Inospire, a company helping bosses and employees build stronger relationships with one another.  Lastly, Dr. Giffen is producer and host of the Corporate Shadow Podcast. a show helping everyday employees overcome workplace nonsense.