Survey Shows Fundamental Managerial Skills Lacking

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Survey Shows Fundamental Managerial Skills Lacking


Organisations are failing to develop key skills among their managers, according to an independent survey conducted on behalf of Marshall Publishing, the business book publisher, and Video Arts, the video training company.

The research was undertaken by City University Business School. The survey showed that 51% of managers had not received training in effective time management, 56% no training in presentation skills and 58% no leadership training. These figures are of concern but there was worse to come; 68% of managers had not been trained in delegation, 72% not trained in giving feedback on performance and 87% received no training in stress management.

It might possibly be argued that training in stress management is not vital, but delegation and giving feedback on performance are a critical part of any managers day to day role and the survey shows a substantial number of managers are not being given the training they need by their organisations. For the majority of managers this means they have to develop their skills themselves.

The independent survey examined the level of interpersonal skills training among managers working in different sectors at supervisory, middle and senior levels. …

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