Self-management competency

Essay by yehuihuahhUniversity, Master'sA+, March 2006

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1. The skill I want to develop and my understanding of this skill

The skill I want to develop is the self-management competency.

According to the textbook, taking responsibility for your life at work and beyond is a manager's self-management competency.

Related to the text, my understanding of self-management competency is that it includes six aspects of definitions below: (1) understands oneself and has an inner drive to get things done with directed energy; (2) gets the best from one's own abilities and strives for improvement; (3) takes responsibility for one's own development and actions; (4) is self motivated and persistent and delivers on promises; (5) understands one's role with respect to individual, self and situation and manages that situation. Skills include prioritizing effectively, leading by example, self confidence, time management and so on; (6) recognizes the importance of and impact of own behavior and language on others.

Self-management competency is particularly important in a devolved environment in ensuring that managers have the confidence and ability to effectively manage and deliver services.

It is about the 'how' of the manager's role not just the 'what'. It includes how they present themselves, manage other's perceptions of themselves and apply the competencies. It is also about the right to support in one's own development.

We all know that the successful manager capably performs four basic managerial functions: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. However, as you will see, the managers who perform these four basic functions well must be versed in the self-management competency. Since without this skill, how they can have the confidence and ability to effectively manage themselves and the employees, yet saying nothing of performing four basic managerial functions competently, that is to say, self-management competency is essential for every manager.

As far as I am concerned, self-management is being...