The Karpin Report The Karpin Report attributed great importance to management skills: ‘Improved management skills underpin workplace reform, internationally competitive enterprises and improved living standards for all Australians.’ However, the Task Force criticised the current level of management skills: ‘Australian management must improve significantly in the next decade if enterprises expect to even meet today’s world best practice standards. There are a few enterprises meeting these standards, and the best Australian managers are equal to the best in the world. However, the evidence of Task Force consultations and research clearly indicates that the majority of Australian managers do not have the education or skill levels of those of the major trading nations’Sunday, 31 March 13
No matter what level or functional type of manager, there are common skills that all managers should have Communication Emotional Decision making Intelligence Time management Delegation Problem Negotiation Teamwork solving Stress ManagementSunday, 31 March 13
Communication Communication involves the ability to transfer information from a sender to a receiver, and to listen to feedback. “Communication is fundamental to almost everything that occurs in an organisation.”Sunday, 31 March 13
Delegation Delegation is the transfer of authority and responsibility from a manager to an employee to carry out specific activities. “The manager delegating the task remains accountable for the outcome of the delegated work, but allows the employee or employees to make their own decisions.”Sunday, 31 March 13
Negotiation Negotiation skills involve the ability to resolve a dispute or to produce a satisfactory agreement on a course of action.Sunday, 31 March 13
Teamwork The role of managers is changing from controller to facilitator. Without being able to impose their authority, managers have to achieve their aims by balancing the needs of the team with those of the business.Sunday, 31 March 13
Time Management The ability to priorities tasks so that work is completed efficiently and effectivelySunday, 31 March 13
Stress Management Stress management involves the ability to manage the levels of stress that develop in employees.Sunday, 31 March 13
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Emotional intelligence is the skill of identifying, assessing and managing the emotions of self and others.Sunday, 31 March 13
Decision Making Decision making is the process of identifying the options available and then choosing a specific course of action.Sunday, 31 March 13
Problem Solving Problem solving is a broad set of activities involved in searching for, identifying and then implementing a course of action to correct an unworkable situation.Sunday, 31 March 13
Relationship between styles and skills The style of management that is selected by a manager will often reflect their skill levels and competency in certain areas Good decision makers Autocratic High EQ PersuasiveSunday, 31 March 13
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