One-third of managers cannot manage

Almost one-third of managers and executives are regarded as severely lacking in their ability to manage other people, according to a survey of human resource managers from 133 organizations. The top area that managers and executives need to improve upon is their ability to engage employees in vision and strategy, which was cited by 47% of respondents. Other areas where managers need enhancement are development of subordinates (44%), communication skills (37%), ability to motivate people (21%), and willingness to share information (20%). About 40% of managers and executives are considered excellent leaders who exhibit management talents that their underlings value most. The most-valued leadership skill is good communication skills, which was cited by 47% of respondents; other prized traits include a sense of vision (44%), honesty (32%), decisiveness (31%), and the ability to build good relationships with employees (26%).