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As I continue to look for satisfactory answers to explain the dismally low level of engaged employees (only 23% of non-management employees, according to one recent national study), one deceptively simple answer occurred to me: Management is just plain difficult. Why? Because the diverse skill sets that go into making someone an effective manager are not always easy to find rolled into one person.

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An effective manager pays attention to many facets of management, leadership and learning within organizations. So, it’s difficult to take the topic of “management success” and say that the following ten items are the most important for success. However this infographic does well to summarize these skills:

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Infographic Courtesy of mbaonline.pepperdine.edu

What do you guys think are the essential skills every good manager must possess? Share your views below!

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