6 essential management skills for leaders

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The business world is changing extremely fast. As a manager, you need to master all the right management skills to be really on the ball.

Management skills are crucial for various positions, from top executives, intermediate supervisors to first-level team leaders. They will foster organizations to function cohesively and propel the vision, as well as business goals, while at the same time optimize all the effort and resources.

Check out the following list of 6 management skills every leader needs:

Balancing micro and macro management

Macro management is an independent management style, which focuses more on the big picture, overall plans, and outcomes rather than strictly control every task of the employees like micromanagement.

Macro management gives employees the freedom to be active and creative. More importantly, flexibility is among key factors that could increase productivity at work, according to the Adecco Productivity survey 2019. They also exposure more business practices and improve their skill sets. On the other hand, micromanagement can be a good way to guide your team in new and important projects, also get highly involved and engaged with your team. These two management styles also have their own drawbacks, and as a leader, what you need to do is strike a balance between them.


As a leader, it’s your duty to clearly and concisely explain any new projects, plans or business goals to your team members and ensure everyone takes it right. Hence, you need to ace in all forms of communication, from verbal to non-verbal, written to visual, one-on-one to team conversation.

Understand that communication isn’t just about talking, it’s also about listening. Leaders should practice active listening techniques and make themselves frequently available to listen to the team’s concerns before taking them into account.

Conflict Resolution

Disagreement or conflict can arise in all professional situations when people with diverse backgrounds and personalities work together. It’s essential to deal with conflict, or even minor disputes, that likely to undermine employees’ productivity and work progress.

To be a good leader, you should know how to tackle workplace conflict heads-on before they start. Otherwise, it’s only a matter of time before worse issues, such as the increase in turnover rates or decrease of performance and motivation at work, begin.


Personal development and employee retention strategy are often two sides of the same coin. The lack of future growth is listed among the main reasons to leave a job, according to Adecco Career Choices & the Motivations Survey.

To successfully hold on to talents, play your supportive role in the team. You can provide your colleagues with training, coaching and valuable guidance and advice from your years of experience and knowledge in the areas. Be the driving force behind the team’s success and people will be willing to stick around longer as there’s always something worth to learn from you.

Complex problem solving

Here we’re not talking about how well you’re solving the currents problems. What we mean is your ability to spot and handle the potential problem before they become real issues and apparent to everyone.

To master this management skill, first, you need to be a detail-oriented people to foresee any emerging trouble. Then, analytical and creative thinking practice would help you detect the root of the problems and evaluate the efficiency of all intended solutions.

Flexibility and Adaptability

Don’t get confused. These two words aren’t the same. In fact, flexibility refers to the acknowledgment that there’re numerous ways to complete the job. Adaptability, meanwhile, focuses on your ability to adjust to a new work environment or circumstances.

Understand that just because your colleagues have different approaches to the problem doesn’t mean they’re wrong, or you’re being challenged. After all, it’s much better to have more ways to get the job done, and only the results really matter.

Also, within a team, a leader with great management skill should learn to adapt his/her leadership style to each team member’s personality, as well as the new challenges and changes.

Bottom line

Each industry, obviously, would have specific requirements and knowledge. However, they still share similar qualities that a strong leader should have. With those management skills above, you’ll stand out and always ready to handle new managerial challenges.

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