In the first part of this series about manager development, we talked about the five skills that managers need in the early stages of their career. The skills that managers need to be effective directly align with the three elements of human resources strategy: performance, engagement and learning. For managers to truly engage employees, they need to help employees learn how to identify and set their own goals. It’s another way of building trust with employees by demonstrating that managers are confident employees who will do what’s in the best interest of the organization. Managers have to set expectations, build trust and give employees the opportunity to accept the responsibility. Mid-career development should be focused on giving managers the tools they need to develop their employees. Next time: the important skills that managers need in the late stages of their career.
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