Business management is more than simply telling employees what to do. Managers must understand business organisation, finance, and communication, as well as have a thorough understanding of their particular market and relevant technologies and policies.
While managers are not necessarily the most important people in the organisation, their work is critical to helping everyone else work together.
Management skills overlap with leadership skills, as both involve problem-solving, decision-making, planning, delegation, communication, and time management.
Good managers are often good leaders. And yet the two roles are distinct.
In general, management is about organisation. There may be something mechanical about it, not in the negative sense of a “mechanical performance,” but rather in its focus on the technical “how” of accomplishing tasks. Leaders, in contrast, focus on the “why,” motivating and inspiring their subordinates. Leadership is about people. Not all leaders have the skill set to be managers, and not all managers have the skills to be leaders.
The critical role of a manager is to ensure that a company’s many moving parts are all working properly together. Without this integration, problems can arise and issues can “fall through the cracks.”
Here are some eLearning courses that get you started on your journey through management.