What are the capabilities of a manager?

If you are wanting to find out what the capabilities of a manager are and to assess how well you match them, then the Australian Institute of Management’s  Australian Management Capability Index (AMCI) report may help.

This index measures ten categories of management capability.

The AMCI is useful for a range of people including those:

  • Aspiring to a management role.
  • Trying to understand management capabilities.
  • Trying to articulate their skills and experience.
  • Wishing to identify gaps in their skill set.
  • Helping staff to build management skills.

The ten categories of management capability are:

  • Visionary and strategic leadership.
  • Performance leadership.
  • People leadership.
  • Financial management.
  • Organisation capability.
  • Application of technology and knowledge.
  • External relationships.
  • Innovation – products and services.
  • Integrity and corporate governance.
  • Results and comparative performance.

The report provides details of how these categories are weighted, areas of most and least capability as assessed by Australian CEOs and managers.

For job applicants struggling to understand management-related criteria, the report provides useful definitions of the capabilities.

For people seeking help with progressing their management career, they can self-assess against the Index by completing the survey included in the report.

Even if CEO is not your goal, understanding  the behaviours and abilities necessary for performing successfully as a manager will help both your own career as well as understanding more senior managers.

Dr Ann Villiers, career coach, writer and author, is Australia’s only Mental Nutritionist® specialising in mind and language practices that help people build flexible thinking, confident speaking and quality connections with people.