Better management through understanding yourself
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Better management through understanding yourself

Learn how to manage and lead a team through first knowing and understanding yourself as a manager.
4.9 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,021 students enrolled
Last updated 4/2016
Price: Free
  • 42 mins on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Better manage and lead your team of employees by developing an understanding of yourself as a manager and leader.
  • Develop self-awareness by utilizing the tools taught in this course.
  • Clarify your personal as well as professional values.
  • Develop you personal mission statement and professional goals.
  • Examine and adjust limiting assumptions that you might currently have about your employees.
  • Learn to develop and apply assertiveness to your benefit.
  • Use and develop your emotional intelligence.
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  • There are no requirements for this course.
  • I only ask that you come open minded and ready to learn.

One of the most complicated and challenging tasks facing any manager, new or experienced, is managing people.   Getting a team of distinctly diverse employees to come together and deliver superior work is hard.  The workplace is complex and diverse.  It is always changing and being able to adapt to these changes is crucial to being a successful manager. Be a better manager: Better management through understanding yourself provides the skills and understanding that will enable you to develop high-performing and effective teams of satisfied and productive people by first getting to know yourself, your beliefs and your values.  

An organization cannot reach its goals and objectives without effective, efficient and productive people.  Building strong successful teams is therefore of great importance.  Great teams of employees are created through exceptional leadership and management.  Being an exceptional manager and leader starts with understanding and managing yourself.  

During this course you will learn:

  • How to develop self-awareness 
  • How to develop and use emotional intelligence
  • How to develop and apply assertiveness
  • How to examine and adjust your limiting assumptions
  • How to develop you personal and professional values
  • How to develop your professional mission statement and managerial goals

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for anyone who wishes to manage and lead their team to greater efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Experienced and new managers in charge of leading and managing a team.
  • Business owners and entrepreneurs that have to lead and manage employees in order to grow their businesses.
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Curriculum For This Course
3 Lectures 04:06

Meet your instructor - Christa van Greuning.

Instructor Introduction

Just a quick greeting from your instructor.

Greetings and Welcome

Welcome to the course:  Be a better manager:  Management through understanding yourself.  One of the most complicated and challenging tasks facing any manager, new or experienced, is managing people.  The only way to truly manage people successfully and productively is by first fully knowing and understanding yourself.  This course was specifically created to aid you in just that – getting to know and fully understand yourself in order to effectively lead others.  

Introduction to Course
5 Lectures 11:16

Do you want to be an effective manager and leader of people?  Truly knowing yourself will give you useful information into your capacity for managing and leading others.  Knowing and understanding yourself allows you to understand why people respond to you the way that they do, how they perceive you and how you can get them to perform at their best for you.   This first lecture is a short introduction to the remainder of the section.


Reflection is a wonderful method for identifying various factors that are key to self-awareness and defining who you are.  Reflection is a powerful tool that can benefit you as a manager and leader immensely.   

Tool 1 for developing self-awareness

A journal is not the same as a diary.  You will be using your journal to record information of a more personal nature.  

Tool 2 for developing self-awareness

Analyzing all your traits, strengths weaknesses, likes and dislikes enables you to identify ways to maximize or improve upon them.  

Tool 3 for developing self-awareness

To help you to gain perspective on your experiences and truly learn from them, it is important that you find a person (or group of like-minded people) that will give you gut-level, honest feedback. 

Tool 4 for developing self-awareness
Value Clarification
4 Lectures 05:17

If you want to be the best manager that you can possibly be, you need to have a thorough understanding of what your values are and you need to act accordingly.


As a manager and leader it is absolutely vital that you clarify your values – both professional and personal.  Identifying your values will help you to determine what your goals are and how you can manage yourself and others in order to achieve them.

The importance of value clarification

Personal values are different from professional values and they need to be clarified.

Defining your personal & professional values

Knowing what your values are can be challenging, especially when they clash with the values of the organization you work for.  Variances in values can also exist between individuals or sub-groups. 

Dealing with conflict due to differences in values
Your personal mission
4 Lectures 04:05

A personal mission statement is a written articulation of who you are, what your purpose and goals as a manager are. 


Developing your own personal mission statement will help you to direct your thoughts and energy towards your goals and aspirations.

Your personal mission statement

Ensure that your mission statement is an accurate reflection of your aspirations, values and goals. 

Your managerial philosophy

Goals that are properly defined and within reach are more likely to be achieved.  Reflect and visualize your future.

Your managerial goals
Being more Assertive
3 Lectures 04:39

Getting things done requires that managers behave in an assertive and active manner in order to be effective. 


People possess skills like assertiveness and the ability to express your feelings to different extents.  


Being assertive is a necessity for effective and efficient management of a team of people.  In order to get the best from your team, you need to be able to communicate effectively. 

How to develop assertiveness
Adjusting your assumptions
3 Lectures 04:38

Challenging your own assumptions about people, is one of the first steps in becoming a better manager and leader.  


The environment, working in an organization managed by X-style managers, is very different from that of an organization run by Y-style managers.  

Management styles and developing your style of management

Challenging your assumptions is an important and interesting exercise.  It is clear that the assumptions you hold influence how you manage and lead people. 

Challenging your own assumptions
Emotional Intelligence
4 Lectures 05:39

The ability to scrutinize and work with your and others emotions is known as Emotional Intelligence.  


Your EQ is the degree of your ability to interact with and understand those around you.  The more people you deal with or manage, the more important it becomes.  

What EI can do for you and how to improve your EI

There are two aspects of EI - The one inward-facing and the other outward-facing. 

Aspects of Emotional Intelligence

Being a successful manager and leader of people today requires more than simple sheer intelligence or technical ability – it requires a high EQ.

EI at work
Course Conclusion
2 Lectures 02:12

Thank you again for taking my course.  I hope that you enjoyed it and that you will implement the various techniques and skills to improve your management skills.

Course Conclusion

I will be launching my next course in a few weeks;  Be a better manager: Better Management though interacting with others.  This course will help you to better manage and lead your team through effective communication, teaching and appraising.  

Join me in my next course
About the Instructor
Christa Van Greuning
4.2 Average rating
28 Reviews
2,287 Students
2 Courses
Marketing Consult & Enthusiast, Instructor at Udemy, Writer

Hi there everybody, 

My name is Christa and I am proudly South African.  Being born and raised in such a diverse and multi-cultural country has given me the opportunity to work with, manage and lead a number of culturally divers and unique employees. 

I have more than 15 years marketing, sales, customer service & administrative experience and have had the pleasure of working for some of South Africa's largest organisations over the years.

I am currently a marketing & branding consultant for a company based in Germany, where I learn new skills almost on a daily basis. 

I enjoy learning and see myself as an eternal student. I have a certificate in PR as well as my BCom. Degree in Business Management - majoring in Marketing through the University of South Africa.  

Teaching and sharing my knowledge is a passion and I am grateful for the opportunity to share what I have learned over the course of my career with all of you!