Once I heard a friend, who was studying to be an engineer, complaining about having to study management for a semester: “I don’t need to learn management skills, I don’t want to be a manager, anyway!”, he argued almost in despair.
Of course I laughed. It was funny the way he put it. But at that time I was around my twenties, didn’t have the same content I have now in my “life bag”, and couldn’t disagree much. Now, almost twenty years later, I reckon my friend was completely mistaken.
In fact, all professional areas I can think of, in a way or another, profit from having professionals with good management skills. Even in personal life, if you don’t have good management skills you might end up losing a lot of things.
But in the business world things are even more complicated. Once you stop looking for labels indicating whether or not you need to know about management you’ll see that, in most cases, the need for those management skills are there without being even noticed.
In an editorial department of a publishing house, for example, good editors (although some don’t know that) need very good management skills for dealing with the team of authors, providers, art staff and a lot of other people who are involved in the project they’re editing.
Besides that, if editors cannot manage their own time, they will never deliver things on time and thus, won’t be considered desirable professionals. And that applies to any job I can think of, as time management is an issue in all professional areas nowadays. After all, despite the cliché, “time is money”.
What about teachers?
I’m sorry my friend but, undoubtedly, you, teacher, must also have very good management skills in order to succeed as a teacher. Of course those skills have to come together with a lot of others I don’t need to mention here.
But teachers who cannot manage, for example, their own groups surely lack management skills and this lack of command (without having to impose fear) is certainly going to prevent them from getting good teaching jobs once their reputation is known.
So, if you’re a graduated teacher and you’re looking for a specific course on something different from what you do, but, at the same time, something you could apply in your current professional area, I suggest you go look for a management skills course.
If you take a good course on this subject, the next time you’re faced with management situations, that aren’t labeled but certainly demand a good management command from you, it’s possible that things will run smoother.