Contact US

Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!

*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

Management skills

Management skills

Management skills

To begin with, I think that management is about you.
1. Develop yourself (then people will be drawn to you)
2. Believe in yourself
3. Set boundaries (in order not to work 100 hours/week and not to sleep on the floor in the office)
4. Don't be afraid to fail
And remember: "If you want to change the world, make your bed at first"

How do you think what skills a great manager should have? I am interested in your opinion.

RE: Management skills

Forget "management." Think "leadership."

I've read various sources on this subject over the years. The best source by a wide margin is the series of books by Willink: Extreme Ownership, Dichotomy of Leadership, and Leadership Tactics and Strategies. These fall into the category of "I'd give a large sum of money to be able to go back to 30 years old with this knowledge."

Several of your bullet points are discussed in these books. Maybe all of them.

RE: Management skills

I was taught early that managers use/utilize resources, while leaders love and lead people. When you try to love resources and use people, it doesn't go smoothly. It is a balancing act for each team leader. Do not at any time think a "great leader can motivate anybody", you will be disappointed.

Give people enough space to make decisions, try things, and fail sometimes. You may have to start with lots of hands-on guidance, but know when to step back and let them try it on their own. It's not much different than parenting.

RE: Management skills

I struggle with threads like this given that ~90% of engineers will never reach management, but IMHO the primary duty of management is to ensure employees have a reasonable standard of competence - something which I believe is sadly lacking in most professions today. Too many get caught up trying to reinvent project management processes under the guise of maximizing efficiency when the real issue is lousy management's acceptance of incompetence bc they dont want to train or hold employees accountable.

At my best employer I rarely saw my managers, usually only once/month in design reviews/project updates unless we crossed paths otherwise. We went about our work, they managed (no engineering), and we were often in different states or countries without knowing the other had left. We had a standing 30 minute weekly one-on-one scheduled in case of issues, but we rarely had issues that couldn't be resolved via a couple emails or IMs. They had an intensive training program, high expectations, empowered and entrusted us, and anybody including managers would be walked out at the drop of a hat. Some folks dislike the last bit bc laziness wasnt accepted, but I find a fast-paced environment full of highly competent people far less frustrating than the alternative and much more rewarding financially.

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Eng-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Eng-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Eng-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Eng-Tips and talk with other members! Already a Member? Login


Low-Volume Rapid Injection Molding With 3D Printed Molds
Learn methods and guidelines for using stereolithography (SLA) 3D printed molds in the injection molding process to lower costs and lead time. Discover how this hybrid manufacturing process enables on-demand mold fabrication to quickly produce small batches of thermoplastic parts. Download Now
Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM)
Examine how the principles of DfAM upend many of the long-standing rules around manufacturability - allowing engineers and designers to place a part’s function at the center of their design considerations. Download Now
Taking Control of Engineering Documents
This ebook covers tips for creating and managing workflows, security best practices and protection of intellectual property, Cloud vs. on-premise software solutions, CAD file management, compliance, and more. Download Now

Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close