Level 3 Management Skills

Personal Development Skills For Managers

Management Skills Pyramid Level 3 (c) F. John Reh
Management Skills Pyramid Level 3 (c) F. John Reh. F. John Reh

Level 3 is where the developing manager must master personal development. It is the next level of the management skills pyramid, which shows the skills a manager must master to be successful and shows how these management skills build on each other toward success.

Personal Management Skills

There are two areas of personal management skills you must master to be successful as a manager. These are self management and time management.

We discuss these in detail below.

Self Management

By this point in your development as a manager, you are good at assigning work to your employees and coaching them through the difficulties so they can produce their best work. You know how to motivate them and discipline them. You have built them into a team. But are you as good at managing yourself as you are at managing others? Do you stay focused on the tasks that are truly important and not just urgent? Do you do your job the best you are able?

  • Take Ownership of Your Job
    Every job you do has your "signature" on it. Do it the best you can; do it the best it can be done. That is how you succeed.
  • Scruples Are A Good Thing
    There is a reason for that little voice in your head. Listen to it. Don't just do things right, but also do the right thing. You will do a better job as a manager if you don't have to waste time remembering what lies you told to whom.

Time Management

If you have learned nothing else in your management career, you have learned that there is never enough time to do all the things you feel need to get done.

That is why is it critical to your success as a manager that you be skilled at managing time.

  • A To Do List That Works
    You can't do everything so use a To Do list to keep you focused on the important ones. It can be simple or complicated, but develop one that works for you - or use mine.
  • Don't Multi-task When You Can Use Chunking
    Human beings can't really multi-task. We can do different tasks in rapid succession, but not at the same time. Chunking lets you spend less time in "restarting" and more time getting things done. It takes practice to make it work, but it is well worth the effort.
  • Meeting Management
    Managers spend a lot of time in meetings and a lot of time running meetings. You have less control over meetings you attend than over the one you set up. Make sure you get the most out of your meetings by following a few simple tips.
  • Managing Projects: Time and Schedule
    Time management also is a critically important skill for any successful project manager. Project Managers who succeed in meeting their project schedule have a good chance of staying within their project budget.

The Full Management Skills Pyramid

The Management Skills Pyramid shows all the skills a manager must master to be successful and shows how these management skills build on each other toward success.

Level 1
Basic Management Skills for Beginning Managers

Level 2
Management Skills for Developing Your Team

Level 3
Management Skills for Developing Yourself

Level 4
Leadership Skills