The Ability To Manage Yourself


Are you a struggling manager? Does it seem that something or someone is always coming in the way of you or your team’s progress?

Successful managers understand there are three important necessities that need happen in order for them to achieve the title of being a great manager and they are:

  1. The ability to manage yourself.
  2. The ability to manage your systems.
  3. The ability to manage your team.

In my blog this week we will take a look at these three important areas and what needs to happen in each one not only so we can be a successful manager, but also have successful teams.

Manage Yourself:

In order to manage yourself you need to really know yourself well. We often run ourselves on autopilot never taking the time to really understand who we are and how we work or what makes us tick.

Take time to think about the five areas listed below, because the more you know about yourself in these areas the better you will be able to manage yourself.

  1. Know your values – Really know your values.  Take time to think things through and how they line up to your values. Never compromise what you know is wrong, regrets do not die easily.
  2. Know your strengths and abilities – Use your natural talents and continually strive to improve in areas that you are drawn to.
  3. Know your weaknesses – Do not act like you know how to do something or handle something when you know someone else could do it better. Remember, “Pride goeth before a fall.”
  4. Know how you learn – Visual, auditory or kinesthetic which are you? Find out all you can about how to enhance your learning style; it will be such an asset to you as you go through life.
  5. Know what motivates you – Successful people are ones who are self-motivated. What motivates you? Use your motivation factors to excel every day.

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful. “ ~ Mark Victor Hansen

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