Most articles on management relate to how we deal with others - our direct reports, the teams within our remit - as well as operational and financial tasks. But before you can effectively manage others, you need to be able to manage yourself. Indeed, a critical aspect of management has to do with how we manage our own thoughts, feeling and emotions as well as our time. It involves a conscious process whereby we strive for efficiency and effectiveness. To varying degrees, it involves skills such as:
Setting goals and priorities
Time and task management
Planning & decision making
So, to become effective managers, we need to start by building the skills needed to manage ourselves. Building and cultivating these skills can enhance both our efficiency and effectiveness. It allows us to set goals and prioritise them while crafting plans to make them happen.