Top Skills You Need If You Manage Others

Top Skills You Need If You Manage Others

In Human Resources, strong team management skills, such as emotional intelligence and honesty, are essential to ensure your team is productive, engaged, and motivated. If you’re in a leadership role where you manage others, it’s essential to continue to hone your skills. Here some of the top skills you need if you manage others.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is a critical component to successful team management. High emotional intelligence enables you to better understand and empathize with your team members. It also helps you remain calm and collected during stressful situations. With strong emotional intelligence, you will also establish more trust with employees, which will allow you to develop more meaningful professional relationships with them.


Your team members need to feel safe and comfortable around you, so they feel free to ask you questions, raise concerns, and share their ideas with you. Your employees should not feel intimidated by you. To make yourself more approachable, you have to take the time to get to know your team members and relate to them on a personal level. Maintaining a positive, friendly attitude helps with this. You also want to make sure your office is inviting and accessible.


Honesty is an essential part of good team management. You can’t successfully manage a team if you don’t have trust. You can start to build trust by opening the lines of communication with your team, being transparent about goals, and maintaining a sense of humility and vulnerability. Honesty and communication tell the team they don’t have to question your motives or work to understand what their expectations are. It is ultimately about building relationships with employees based on mutual trust, respect, and loyalty.

Active Listening

Effective communication also entails active listening. Each member of your team has unique needs. You won’t know what resources they need and what management style they respond best to unless you ask them. Request that your team members provide you with feedback. Feedback will help you to understand how you can improve as a manager while making your employees feel heard. When both sides communicate well, the performance of the whole team improves.

Effectively managing an HR team isn’t easy. It takes time and effort to build a team dynamic that works for everyone. But with frequent communication, honesty, feedback, and emotional intelligence you can create a team that performs at level you wouldn’t have thought possible.

by Ruben Moreno

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