Management Skills Pyramid
A successful manager requires a variety of skills, through this management skills pyramid, quickly you can identify the differing and level of difficulty of the skills required to master the management role. Adapting the Kammy Hatnes’ pyramid structure you can easily see how these management skills build on each other to help you become a proficient manager.
The Management Skills Pyramid, Level 1
The fundamentals of the management role:
- Plan – a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something
- Organize – make arrangements or preparations for (an event or activity).
- Direct – control the operations of; manage or govern
- Control – determine the behaviour or supervise the running of.
The Management Skills Pyramid, Level 2
This tier of the pyramid focuses on the development of your staff. There are many specific skills required, and these are covered in Level 2 of the Management Skills Pyramid, but they are grouped into these categories:
- Motivation – a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way.
- Training and Coaching – the act of teaching or showing a person a particular skill or type of behaviour.
- Employee Involvement – the fact or condition of being involved with or participating in something.
The Management Skills Pyramid, Level 3
After becoming skilled in developing your staff you need to improve your own development.
- Self Management – management of or by oneself; the taking of responsibility for one’s own behaviour and well-being.
- Time Management – the ability to use one’s time effectively or productively.
- Time management gets its own category because it is so important to your success in all the other skills.
The Management Skills Pyramid, Top Level
The top level of the Pyramid, the most important set of skills that set you apart in your management, is leadership. Developing your skill as a leader is entirely different from management and as you move from manager to leader, you achieve the success you truly want in your management career.