What is the most important skill for a manager?
Exactly that. Managing.
As Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy put it in their book No Hard Feelings, “Managing means cooking something on every burner without burning anything. Your job is to simultaneously bring the fusili to boil, keep the risotto at simmer, saute a mix of veggies, and add just the right amount of salt to the sauce. You also have to time every step perfectly to make sure the meal comes together..”
A manager’s four-burner range is busy.
Managing what happened, what’s happening, and what’s yet to happen.
And most importantly, managing Emotions.
Manager or not, No Hard Feelings is a great read for anyone at work!