Developing Management Proficiency: A Self-Directed Learning Approach is a pragmatic, easy-to-follow roadmap for managers to help develop the behaviors and skills necessary for success.

Strong behavioral competencies are essential for any manager today. Emphasizing a self-directed learning approach, this book is designed to transform passive learners into active learners by helping to develop behavioral skills, based on individual needs. By providing the reader with the tools for self-directed learning, Deb Cohen provides an unending mechanism to learn, improve, and grow, helping develop the proficiencies needed to be successful in doing their job or advancing in their career. With features such as practical examples, worksheets, tables, and figures, the book is packed full of self-directed learning activities including role play, observation, networking, journaling, and questioning, all powerful drivers of learning and development.

With expert guidance on how to approach personal development in day-to-day activities rather than in a formal course setting, this book is an essential resource for managers at all levels, as well as anyone training or interested in a managerial role.

chapter 1|8 pages


part |2 pages

Part I

chapter 2|14 pages

Management Competencies

chapter 3|5 pages

Self-directed Learning

chapter 4|9 pages


part |2 pages

Part II

chapter 5|13 pages

The Art of Networking

chapter 6|15 pages

The Art of Role Playing

chapter 7|15 pages

The Art of Questioning

chapter 8|14 pages

The Art of Observation

chapter 9|14 pages

The Art of Journaling

part |2 pages

Part III

chapter 10|6 pages

The Path Forward