It is human nature to emphasize what we do well and ignore or put off working on what does not come as naturally. A good manager must fight that instinct, understand what key leadership or management attributes they may lack, and either develop those skills or hire them onto the team.
Every person running an organization, a division, or a team must accept responsibility for also managing less-glamorous duties, such as the implementation of strategy through planning, budgeting, organizing, staffing, problem-solving and follow-up. Both leaders and managers need to be effective communicators, decision-makers, and influencers—or at minimum they need to add those capabilities to their teams so that those functions are addressed and they accomplish the whole job.
- Have you identified both your strengths and weaknesses as a manager?
- How do you compensate for your shortcomings as a manager?