by Mike Pedlar, John Burgoyne and Tom Boydell
“A Manager’s Guide to Self Development has become the indispensable guide for building management skills. Now in its fifth edition, with a strong ‘how to’ approach, this practical self-development book helps new and experienced managers improve their managerial performance.
- A complete picture of the skills and competencies required of a manager from change management to coaching.
- A flexible, self-development programme to do alone, with a colleague, or in a group.
Part one introduces a framework of 11 key managerial qualities. Diagnostic activities help you to discover your strengths and weaknesses, and identify your own goals for self-development.
Part two features more than 50 practical activities to help you develop your skills and abilities. These include:
- Finding a Mentor
- Handling Conflict
- Managing Upwards
- Getting to a Yes
- Collaborative Working
- Planning Change
- Being a Coach
- Using Communication Tools
Our framework of ‘The 11 Qualities of the Effective Manager’ is based on a research project [which] identified the qualities that were found more often in successful managers than in those judged to be less successful. These 11 Qualities of the Effective Manager form the basis for the self-development programme provided in this book:
- command of basic facts
- relevant professional knowledge
- continuing sensitiity to events
- analytical, problem-solving and decision/judgement-making skills
- social skills and abilities
- emotional resilience
- proactivity – inclination to respond purposefully to events
- mental agility
- balanced learning habits and skills
Part one contains a questionnaire to enable you to assess yourself against The 11 Qualities of the Effective Manager and prompts you to set goals / target dates to help you to develop in any of the 11 areas. To assist with this process there are 53 learning activities aimed to help with each of the 11 Qualities.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in their own self-development or in the self-development of their own team.