Given the critical role managers play in facilitating a team's growth, it is much expected that they would possess a certain set of skillsets to lead the team.
However, that's not always the case, as revealed in the 2019 People Management Report by The Predictive Index, there is one top skill managers still lack today - team-building, according to about 28% of employees surveyed in the US.
In fact, despite some managers being rated 'good' or 'world-class' by their employees, this skill still came up as one of the critical skills they lacked.
In line with this, when managers previously surveyed were asked what came to their top of mind on what mattered to them, team-building as a skill was not a response.
Overall, the top five skills managers lack include (percentages represent employee responses):
#1 Team-building (28%) #2 Other skills (20%) #3 Providing feedback (17%) #4 Time management (14%) #5 Delegation (11%) #6 Communication (10%)
How can managers improve on their team-building skills and more?
Knowing how to foster a strong team spirit can go a long way in bringing the team and, ultimately, the organisation to success. After all, as the saying goes, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
Further, apart from this skill, building on the other skills managers lack would also eventually help managers grow to lead the team to the best it can be.
With that, Human Resources Online has put together past stories as some food-for-thought for managers looking to build their skills:
- 5 ways for people managers to build trust
- New year’s resolutions for managers
- Ways to bridge communication gaps between managers and staff