The Ability to Motivate Employees is an Essential Management Skill

Having all of the knowledge about a particular subject is not enough to be a truly great manager, nor is having the best organisational skills or forward planning ability. Whilst these attributes are important for a good manager to have, what sets apart the great managers from the merely 'good' ones is the ability to energise those employees for whom the manager has responsibility for. When energised, these workers will try harder, produce more, and have a greater overall desire to achieve the goals set for them.

How Managers Act Plays a Big Part in How Employees Think

Managers who are worried or anxious about the future of the business will pass this fear on to employees

Energising employees has to start with the managers of an organisation. If they are not able to become excited and motivated about the challenges ahead, then their lack of enthusiasm (or even fear at the challenges that lay ahead) will rub off onto those around them. Just as investors gain or lose confidence when a director buys or sells their own company's shares, workers will sense the mood of management and be influenced accordingly.

If the management are showing signs of worry and stress over the future of the company, employees may become fearful for their jobs and start looking elsewhere or giving up and not trying if they think the firm is doomed anyway.

On the flip side, if management are enthusiastic about future prospects, many workers will not only feel happy and secure in their role, but also think there is the chance of a promotion or pay rise in this successful enterprise.

Management Training Courses

Obviously, no management training courses will be able to change your mood and feel more or less happy, but effective management training should give new or existing managers a greater insight into the way they deliberately and inadvertently affect those around them by the way they act and conduct themselves. Along with the technical knowledge of how to manage, the 'soft' people/interpersonal skills are a component which is just as important, sometimes more so, to being an effective and successful manager of a department or business as a whole.