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What skills should you be looking for when recruiting managers?

All companies are concerned about making the right choices when it comes to appointing managers, as they can make or break an organization, especially when they’re in crucial senior positions. There are certain core competencies that are particularly important to pin down during the recruitment process, and here we’ll take a look at some of them:


Communication and flexibility


Good managers need to be able to adapt their working practices and style, possibly on a daily basis for companies that are geographically disparate or operate across different sectors and areas. Consultants, for example, have to be able to get on top of complex information and succinctly present their findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Businessman Conducting Meeting --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Businessman Conducting Meeting — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis


Interpersonal skills


As employees typically work in teams to achieve company goals, it’s crucial that team leaders and departmental managers have excellent interpersonal skills. In the case of working with clients, this becomes even more of an issue and verbal communication is just the start of it. Under project pressure in particular, body language, listening and negotiation skills become critical.




Top managers in particular need an exceptionally high level of personal initiative. This will enable them to quickly identify those operational areas where it is necessary to take some form of action, and to respond to the requirements in an appropriate and timely manner. Problems frequently turn out to be more complex than first envisaged, and office hours for managers can be long. Such key figures therefore need to be able to maintain order and discipline, motivate their teams, and have the tenacity needed to push through unforeseen obstacles and deliver results.


Originally posted 2015-09-24 00:16:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter