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Step Back to Spend Time With Your Team and on Yourself

Many managers have some of the skills that the ACCEL model—accountability, collaboration, communication, engagement, and listening and assessing—calls for. But to combine the skills that—according to a study conducted by the Association for Talent Development—are required to be an effective leader, is another matter.

As Katy Tynan writes in "Develop Management Skills With the ACCEL Model," it is the combination of the ACCEL skills that allow for highly effective team dynamics and an environment that fosters growth as individuals.

To promote and develop the use of ACCEL skills, Tynan counsels managers in the following manner.

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Avoid the "busy" trap. Being too busy gets in the way of listening and engaging with one's team. It's difficult, especially because managers have their own work in addition to overseeing their team, but necessary. "You need to reserve enough time to engage with each of your team members for a minimum of an hour, one-on-one, per week," recommends Tynan.

Don't forget your own development. Carving out time to attend industry events and read books are two ways to develop yourself.

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Additional methods for effective managing include staying curious and positive in the face of challenges, and recognizing and appreciating effort—including around collaboration, communication, and support.

These tips were adapted from the September 2017 issue of TD at Work.

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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.
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