This essay is about analyzing the personal management competencies which are essential in carrying out a management role and also helps reflect on my own personal experience which would help recognize my strengths and weaknesses and develop on those. For the purpose of this essay, I have used three theories of managing competencies. Mintzberg’s theory talks about the roles of managers and a model of managing which categorized the ways in which managing takes place (Mintzberg 2009) Boyatzis theory talks about three main competencies which are emotional cognitive, emotional intelligence and social intelligence (Boyatzis 2009) and lastly ‘a holistic model of professional competency’ by (Cheetham & Chivers 1996) which are of three types;
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In the process of me managing the team, I had realized that my interpersonal competencies, also considered as my strengths as a team leader were leading individuals and building a culture amongst the group as they were from different ethnic backgrounds. The members of my team were not familiar with a common language as few of them were from China and the rest from Thailand, as a leader my aim was to create a common platform where they could exchange information and work together without having language as a barrier. In order to resolve this issue, I used my informational competency of communicating nonverbally, i.e. by making them use visual presentations of their work. And this got them to understand each other better thus being more efficient. In order to make sure that they understand the work in progress, in regular intervals I brief them over whatever more has to be done and similar advice.
According to the model of managing (Mintzberg 2009), the three planes of managing come into play. When applying this to my personal experience, the first plane is about managing through information; the role which was my ultimate strength was communication. The second plane is managing with people. This is when I had to take the role of a good leader and made sure that my team members were being energized and also being developed. This included doing things such as mentoring them and training them to