How to become a General Manager

General Managers administer industrial, commercial and government organisations. They may do this on their own or through a team of senior executives.

Personal requirements of a General Manager

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • good organisational and time management skills
  • able to work under pressure
  • leadership skills
  • able to analyse and solve problems
  • good understanding of how businesses should function
  • interested in people, processes and resource management.

Duties & Tasks of a General Manager

General managers may perform the following tasks:

  • decide on the organisation's objectives, policies and programs and set standards and targets
  • provide leadership for the achievement of policy objectives, increased profit or market dominance
  • assess the performance of the organisation and its activities
  • provide overall direction and management of the organisation's utilisation of resources, including personnel, technology and physical assets such as buildings
  • consult with staff and review their recommendations and reports
  • guide the preparation of reports, budgets and forecasts and present them to boards and other governing bodies
  • represent the organisation in negotiations and at meetings, conventions and seminars, and liaise with other organisations
  • select or approve the selection of senior staff
  • authorise funds to implement policies and programs.

Working conditions for a General Manager

General managers often work in an office environment. They may be required to travel to destinations within Australia and internationally. General managers usually work regular hours but are often required to work longer hours that may include evenings and weekends.

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