Managers are responsible for making sure that things are done properly. And while leaders may bring us vision, inspiration and challenge, these things count for nothing without the efficient implementation brought about by good management with good management skills.
To be a great manager, you must have an extensive set of skills - from planning and delegation to communication and motivation. For your long-term success, it's wise to look at your skills in all areas of management and challenge yourself to improve in all of these areas.
Mindtools.com has a great management skills quiz which helps you to quickly identify your areas of strength and weakness, so you can capitalize on the former and manage the latter.
To summarize, the quiz is based on 8 essential management skills where managers should focus their efforts.
Encouraging good relationships: When forming teams, managers must create a balance so that there's a wide range of skills, personalities, and ideas.
Selecting the right people: Finding great new team members, and developing the skills needed for your team's success is important.
Delegating effectively: By assigning work to the right people and clearly outlining expectations, teams can accomplish much more.
Motivating people: Getting to know your team members personally allows you to motivate them better.
Managing discipline and dealing with conflict: If you don't discipline, you risk negative impacts on the rest of the team as well as your customers.
Communicating: An element that's common to all of these management skills is effective communication. Team briefing is a communication skill that managers need to improve.
Planning, making decisions, and problem solving: These are all important management skills that need constant development.
Avoiding common managerial mistakes: A common mistake is thinking that you can rely on your technical skills alone and asking your boss to solve your problems.