Being a manager: why can’t you improvise?

Management is a discipline in its own right, combining knowledge, skills and attitudes. Often used, the term manager has many definitions. And with good reason, because that’s the role of the manager: multi-tasking and adaptable, the person who imparts the company’s DNA to his or her teams needs to have several strings to his or her bow.
And none of this can be improvised..

Manager: a difficult role at the crossroads of skills

According to Minzberg, a manager is someone who knows how to :
– conduct negotiations
– motivate subordinates
– create and disseminate information networks
– take decisions under complex conditions

As the Swiss army knife of a company, managers are expected to have both practical and human skills. The management function is therefore complex and delicate.

To find out more about these skills, you can refer to the managerial skills framework in our test.

Manager: the keystone of the company

As the orchestrator of day-to-day operations, the manager demands, delegates, shares and supervises. As the company’s internal flag-bearer, they communicate the values of the company’s directors to their teams. Responsible for achieving results and managing the team, the manager must skilfully combine performance and the human factor.

Somewhere between the hierarchy and the field, they work at the heart of multiple and sometimes conflicting needs. In this turbulent environment, the manager must know how to divide as well as unite.
Creating support while knowing how to say no, uniting employees under a single name without erasing their individuality, mastering technical skills as well as strategic choices – this is the manager’s day-to-day job.

Both pragmatic and visionary, the manager is a pillar on which the smooth running of your company rests. For all these reasons, you need to know how to select, assess and train your managers.

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