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5 qualities that help top managers increase their personal effectiveness

by Valoria Business Solutions February 2, 2024


Author: Constantin Măgdălina, Expert Trends and Emerging Technologies

The ability to be efficient in the business environment is becoming increasingly important for the professional success and career development of a top manager.

Being efficient is not just about completing your daily tasks, but also about being agile, managing your time effectively, solving problems wisely, adapting to change and being resilient in the face of challenges.

Is this a simple thing? Certainly not. The training rooms are full and HR teams have been struggling for years to educate these rare qualities.

Why are these qualities so sought after? Because they enable managers in leadership teams to successfully deal with complex challenges at work.

But let's find out more about each of these qualities and how they can be put to the best use.

1. Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is a vital component of personal effectiveness in the business environment. Being aware of and managing your own emotions, as well as understanding and responding in a balanced way to the emotions of those around you, means personalized communication, effective coordination, and purposeful management of relationships.

Studies conducted by global consulting firms show that emotional intelligence is responsible for 58% of a manager's success. Furthermore, 71% of employers value emotional intelligence more than functional skills in top management candidates.

What does this data tell us? In a professional context, emotional intelligence is highly valued because it contributes to developing interpersonal relationships, leading teams and making decisions based on empathy and understanding.

2. Agility

For the purists of the terminology usage, when I say "agility", I am not referring here to established methodologies used for software development, but to an attitude, a mentality, an effective approach to innovation. This may have its source in these conceptual frameworks, but the focus falls more on people and not necessarily on processes.

So being an agile top manager means being open to continuous learning and adapting your skills to meet new market demands. It is not enough to specialize in one area; you must be willing to continuously develop and understand new trends in the field of activity.

Being agile means being ready for change and seeing opportunities amid challenges. Understand the importance of anticipating change and be willing to constantly improve your knowledge to stay relevant in your role. Agile employees and leaders react quickly to changes in strategy, new demands and unforeseen opportunities.

3. Time management

Effective time management is essential to achieve set goals and at the same time have a work-life balance.

Careful planning of daily activities, prioritization of tasks and elimination of procrastination, proper allocation of available resources, and focusing on activities that bring the greatest impact and results are key aspects of time management.

Tools like scheduling technology and organization apps can help manage your time. It is also important to know how to say "no" when necessary and to delegate responsibilities when possible.

By adopting effective time management practices, managers can significantly increase their productivity and personal effectiveness.

4. Problem solving

Every day brings new and complex issues to the work agenda of management teams. Personal efficiency in solving them involves analytical and creative thinking as well as decision-making skills.

Being an effective problem-solving manager means accurately identifying challenges, analyzing relevant data, and identifying effective solutions. At the same time, be able to think creatively and approach problems from unconventional angles.

Effective communication and teamwork are also part of problem solving in the business environment. Sharing ideas, active listening, and the ability to collaborate with peers to find innovative solutions are defining aspects of problem-solving skills.

5. Resilience

Resilience is the ability to deal with stress, pressure and setbacks, managing to stay focused and optimistic despite these challenges. In today's business environment, where risk and uncertainty are inevitable, resilience becomes an essential trait of personal effectiveness.

Resilient managers embrace failure as a learning opportunity, adapt to difficult situations, and find constructive ways to overcome obstacles. The ability to maintain a positive mindset and find solutions in difficult times contributes significantly to long-term professional success.

In conclusion

The ability to be efficient in the business environment is an essential pillar for the success and career evolution of a top manager. Personal effectiveness is not just limited to performing daily tasks, but involves a number of defining qualities that contribute to outstanding performance and results in a competitive environment.

Emotional intelligence, agility, time management, problem solving and resilience are essential qualities to face the complex challenges of the business world. Developing and capitalizing on these skills is an important goal for top management teams, being the key to long-term professional success.

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About Constantin Măgdălina

Constantin Măgdălina has 15 years of professional experience, during which he worked for multinational companies, both in the country and abroad. Constantin has a Master's degree in Marketing and Communication at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies. He is LeanSix Sigma and ITIL (IT Information Library®) certified, which facilitates a good understanding of processes and transformations within organizations. On the other hand, the certification obtained from the Chartered Institute of Marketing completes his business expertise. In the more than 4 years of activity within a Big 4 company, he initiated and coordinated studies that analyzed aspects related to the business environment in Romania. Among them are the economic growth forecasts of companies, knowledge management, the buying experience in the era of digital consumers, the use of mobile devices or the customer-centricity of companies in Romania. He is the author of numerous articles on topics related to innovation, streamlining business processes, digital transformation, emerging trends and technologies. He is invited as a speaker at numerous events and business conferences.

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