Self-Management Skills: Definition & Examples

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  • 1:40 Resist Stress & Manage Time
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Brianna Whiting

Brianna has a masters of education in educational leadership, a DBA business management, and a BS in animal science.

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George James

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In this lesson, we will explore self-management skills. We'll define these skills and learn those characteristics that are often part of the self-management skill set. Then, you can test your knowledge with a quiz.

Self-Management Skills Defined

Meet Candice! Candice works for Fabulous Floral, where her job duties consist of making bouquets for weddings and other special occasions. While she has always been a great dependable worker, lately her coworkers have noticed a change in her behavior. Candice is more productive, is communicating more efficiently with fellow employees and customers, and has shown excellent time management skills. You see, Candice just finished a class at the local community college where she learned how to improve and exhibit self-management skills.

Self-management skills are those characteristics that help an employee to feel and be more productive in the workplace. Self-management skills help an employee communicate and interact efficiently with fellow workers, supervisors, and even customers. They also help employees make good decisions and improve time management.

Now that we know the general idea of self-management skills, let's explore some of the more common skill sets.

Solve Problems and Communicate Clearly

Good self-management skills require you to be a good decision maker. This means you are able and willing to take a complex issue or project and break it down so that a solution can be found. Candice's course taught her that in order to be a good problem solver, she has to be able to think through difficult tasks, study problems, and examine and inspect solutions.

Good problem-solving skills are often tied to good communication skills. When you can communicate to others in a manner that is clear and efficient, you are better able to work through anything. This skill will help you relay data, suggestions, and instructions. Candice learned how to explain ideas and instructions so that she could effectively communicate with both colleagues and management alike.

Resist Stress and Manage Time

Perhaps one of the most important skills you can develop is the ability to resist stress. Often times, a person makes mistakes because he or she is under stress and cannot think clearly. For example, an employee Candice works with is so stressed out about his personal life that all he does is think about his problems. Because of this, he misses timelines and forgets to complete tasks, forcing Candice and other employees to pick up the slack. When you acquire the skill to resist stress, you will become more productive and minimize workplace mistakes and mishaps.

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Lesson Extension - Self-Management Skills Defined


Trevor Tremble is the manager of the Funky Stuff novelty shop near a major university. He has one full-time supervisor, Bob, and six employees; two of whom are part-time students. All his employees have been with him for over two years.

He is three months away from his busiest time of the year, Christmas and things are getting crazy.

  • Trevor has a new fund-raising display project with the university that Bob is behind in starting. He says that he is just too busy.
  • Bob, anticipating the Christmas rush, is beginning to show signs of stress. His body language shows it all.
  • Other employees are becoming irritated with Bob's behavior and starting to slack off in their work. In many cases, they avoid Bob if they can.
  • Absenteeism is up 10 percent.
  • Traffic is down eight percent; which Trevor believes is the result of the employees' attitude.
  • Trevor is stressed out working sixty hours per week, eating a lot of junk food, and getting about four hours of sleep a night.

Trevor has called you in the HR department and wants some ideas of how he can use the self management techniques in the lesson to help solve his problems. Please apply at least one of the techniques to each problem.

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