Moving up the corporate ladder to be a part of the senior management team: isn’t that the dream you have always nurtured in your heart? So, what does it take to be one of the top executives of an organisation? Is it just your degree and your experience? Or, is it something beyond that?
While we, at Times TSW, have never negated the importance of a degree and experience, we believe that it is also the plethora of skills that a professional comes with, which makes him/her the right fit for the job. So today, let us discuss further about what are the key skills and abilities that a professional working on a senior management role must necessarily possess.
The difference between ‘having the ability to work as a part of a team’ and ‘having spearheaded teams of hundred direct and indirect reports’ is the distinction between a junior position in management and a senior managerial post. A senior management executive is not someone who bosses around; rather, he/she leads, and it is this leadership style of the senior management professionals that work as their distinguishing factor.
A senior manager is a bridge between the top brass and the entry-level employees, which means, it is the part of his/her job to ensure that the flow of communication across, down, and up the organisation is honest and transparent. The communication skills also come to an aid in case of conflict resolution and help in bringing about improved collaboration within the organisation.
A senior manager needs to be on the clock when it comes to responding to problems in the workplace, regardless of how big or small the issues are. A senior management professional must possess strong decision-making abilities so that he/she can stand rigid when it comes to making some quick decisions during crisis situations.
A senior managerial executive must have a thorough knowledge of the industry he/she belongs to and the market he/she deals in. After all, it is the commercial acumen that is instrumental in taking one’s organisation to the peaks of success. Senior managers must hence stay up to date with the happenings in the world of economics and politics and should have the acumen to identify when the conditions are optimum for organisational growth so that appropriate actions can be taken well within time.
It is the responsibility of a senior manager to ensure that all the cogs in the wheel are in their place, which is indeed essential for the organisation to run like a well-oiled machine. To make sure of that, a senior manager is required to take a number of strategic decisions on a daily basis. It is the strategic skills of the senior management that determine how well the organisation functions in both short as well as long term scenario.
Change management skills
The job of a top executive is not to let things keep going the way they have always been, but rather to remain open to embracing changes to align well with the changing times and boost the overall growth of the organisation. An efficient senior manager instead of resting on his/her heels prefers to keep a watch on the scenario and never stays back from implementing the necessary changes to meet the requirements. He/she is not the one to avoid the change but rather possesses the skills to welcome the changes as well as manage those changes effectively.
Being at a senior management role may though be a dream of many, but only those manage to reach that position who are equipped with the necessary skills, abilities, and core insights. To grab the senior managerial profile and to be able to manage the roles and responsibilities of the position, it is necessary that you not only possess deep domain know-how but also possess strong practical knowledge, strategic insights, and the necessary soft skills. And, that is exactly what the renowned institute, XLRI Jamshedpur, aims to help you achieve with its Post Graduate Certificate in Senior Leadership. The programme has Times TSW as an exclusive delivery partner in India and can be attended at any of the Times TSW centres in your preferred city across the nation.
This senior leadership programme from XLRI Jamshedpur has been specifically designed for middle and senior-level management professionals and aims to equip the participants with the perfect blend of a strategic mindset and soft skills. Attending the programme will not only help you to position yourself on the top of the corporate ladder but will also help to establish yourself as an asset for the organisation you are a part of.