The development of management is a big issue at the moment; many managers think that good leadership is something that happens to them. However, gaining MBA or any other management certifications will not make you a good leader or even improve your leadership skills just by attending or taking those courses.
To become a successful and distinguished manager in your line of work, you will need to take responsibility for your professional development. No one can do it for you, not your company’s HR or any course that you enrol in.
Without a self-motivation attitude and interest in what you are doing, you will simply fail to reach the level of good leadership that you aim and hope for.
Before you start working at achieving your "professional" self- development you need to think and answer precisely the following question.
· What do I want to achieve?
The next step would be to plan how you are going to achieve your goal e.g. seminars, courses (leadership, effective management, communication etc.), and of course practice and try your new learnt methods or ideas on your targeted audience (employees, clients, colleagues etc.)
It is important to keep in mind that change and self-development is not a magic thing that happens overnight and once you set your mind into. It is a change that you will need to learn and adapt to whether in your work style or communication.
You need to become what you want to be!
By becoming a good manager you would need to become a good communicator and negotiator and of course not forgetting a good listener and observer.
A good manager is a people person, who knows how to deal with all sorts of personalities, and who is able to influence people in a positive way, achieving his goal but at the same time insuring their engagement, giving as well as receiving.
We also should not forget that an equally important quality to being a people person, a manager has to have the interest and the ambition to learn new things on the go, be aware and willing of the need to update their knowledge and expertise by reading, attending seminars and workshops.
A Good Manager is who knows what he is talking about.
Knowledge gives you confidence, but being brave and able to try new things and lead it is also an important element for great leadership.