Basic Skills, Traits, and Competencies of a Manager

In India, being a Manager is highly valued. A majority of people see themselves taking a managerial position some day. However, can anyone become a manager? A really good manager? Are managers born or made? Do all managers, at least all good managers, share something in common?

When we look around and see the journeys being taken by different managers, their working styles and behaviors, we can hypothesize that:

Managers are born and made. Some folks have a natural flair to be a manager and some acquire essential skills to be a manager in a given situation.

Not everyone may enjoy being a manager. While you may be 'promoted' to become a manager, you may find that you don't really enjoy the time spent talking to people, driving them to results, and compiling status reports for your management.

It appears that good managers do have many things in common, even though they may have their own style of execution.

In this chapter, we will explore the skills, traits, talents, and competencies that are usually required and expected for playing a manager role, and also burst some myths surrounding managers.

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