Development never stops. No matter the position you work within your company—from an entry-level employee to CEO—it’s important to focus on personal and professional development so that you can constantly continue to improve yourself in the field you work in. This is particularly true for managers, as they have the responsibility to look over their entire department while being in charge of their own tasks as well. By making a list of development goals that is clear, measurable, realistic, on a timeline, and rewarded in the end, you’re sure to boost your productivity and turn into a strong leader.

 

Communication

 

Communicating with your employees is critical to running a successful business. Having poor communication skills will slow not only your own productivity, but also your team’s productivity. Due to this, working on your communication skills is a must. One way to do so is by investing in a course that will teach you how to communicate clearly and concisely with your employees, both in verbal and written conversations.

 

Coaching

 

Your employees will come to you with both positive and negative news and have success stories or challenges they will want to discuss with you. As a manager, it’s your duty to coach your employees through both of these situations in a way that will build upon their strengths and improve their weaknesses, as well as setting up a work environment that’s conducive to employee success. Without coaching skills, your employees will be set up for failure more than success.

 

Motivation

 

Just as you’re a coach to your employees, you’re also their number one motivator. When you have unmotivated employees, productivity will take a nosedive and affect both your business and employee morale drastically. Working on your motivational skills will not only improve the work ethic of your employees, but the effectiveness of their work as well.

 

Productivity

 

Employee productivity is one of the key factors in the success of any business. Improving your own job productivity will be beneficial to the entire company, so do things such as setting productivity goals to lead by example for your employees. They’re sure to follow.