Self-Management Skills for the Workplace

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  • 0:03 What Are…
  • 0:44 Self-Confidence
  • 1:38 Persistence and Resilience
  • 2:32 Patience and Emotional…
  • 3:51 Perceptiveness
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Instructor: Sean Kennedy

Sean has 8 years experience as a supervisor and has an MBA with a concentration in marketing.

Self-management skills are essential to achieve workplace goals. In this lesson, we'll discuss specific skills to help you stay focused and contribute to a healthy work environment.

What Are Self-Management Skills?

Have you ever gotten so mad at work that you've been tempted to walk out in the middle of a shift? Work can be stressful, but with the right skills, you can make your work environment more enjoyable. Some of the most useful skills to have are self-management skills.

Examples of self-management skills include self-confidence, persistence, resilience, patience, perceptiveness, and emotional regulation. These skills each allow you to strive for your goals, perform at work, and contribute to a healthy work environment for yourself and your co-workers. In this lesson, we'll explore each of these skills in detail to fully understand how they are helpful in the workplace. We'll start with self-confidence.


Could you imagine working for managers that are constantly unsure about their performance or coworkers who are always doubting themselves? It would create a work environment filled with confusion. This is why self-confidence is important at every level of an organization.

Self-confidence is the ability to believe in yourself and trust your own judgment. This skill is especially useful in the workplace when it comes to problems or difficult tasks. For example, let's say that you have been asked to make an important decision under a tight deadline. As a self-confident individual, you don't need to stress out about it. You know that if you carefully evaluate the options, you'll be able to make the best decision before the cut-off date.

Self-confidence also gives others confidence in you. If your manager knows that you are sure of yourself, then she is more likely to trust you to accomplish the tasks assigned to you. Coworkers will also know that they can turn to you when a real problem arises. This trust makes you a valuable part of a work team.

Persistence and Resilience

Everyone has been tempted at some point to just give up when faced with a really difficult problem or situation. Of course, this is never the best course of action in the workplace. You'd get fired. This is why persistence and resilience are so important in a workplace environment.

Persistence allows you to relentlessly pursue your goals, even when it isn't easy to do so. Resilience allows you to adapt to or overcome setbacks that might otherwise prevent you from achieving your goals.

For example, let's say that your job involves selling insurance policies to people over the phone. Not every person that you call is going to say yes to your sales pitch, but if you give up after hearing the word 'no' a few times in a row, you'll never sell anything. Persistence allows you to stay focused on your end goal, which is selling insurance policies, and resilience allows you to overcome setbacks, such as being told no over and over, so that you can stay focused on your long-term goals.

Patience and Emotional Regulation

The proverbial phrase 'patience is a virtue' can be applied to many different situations, even in the workplace. Patience is an important self-management skill that allows you to remain calm and untroubled when faced with delays, problems, or even suffering.

If you get angry or upset every time something doesn't go your way, you'll get a reputation for being impulsive, reckless, careless, or even violent. But if you're patient, and can remain calm through self-discipline, you'll be viewed as a professional, which is a much better reputation to have.

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