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What are the top personality traits of a medical sales manager?

Medical sales is a challenging career path, but it can be incredibly rewarding. It requires ambition and drive, as the day-to-day operations mostly consist of identifying new business, meeting customers and prospecting them about the latest products and innovations. Therefore, medical sales professionals need to have a strong understanding of every product that they’re selling. As a medical sales manager, you will have the much larger responsibility of leading a team – so the role requires some specific personality traits. If you’re thinking of becoming a medical sales manager, here are the top traits that will help you succeed.


Strong communicators

The best medical sales managers have excellent communication skills. To secure new deals, salespeople need to be persuasive and effectively convey information about medicines and different equipment. Having strong communication skills and the ability to influence is essential for driving relationships and results. When managers are strong communicators, they’re able to lead teams more effectively, delegate tasks and manage conflicts. Medical sales managers must also coach the individuals in their team, as well as listen effectively. Communication in a medical and healthcare environment is crucial, so managers with adept communication skills are more likely to succeed in their roles.


Confidence

If you want to be able to inspire your team and create strong relationships with customers, confidence is hugely important. A great medical sales manager should always be prepared and ready to take on new challenges and obstacles. Sales professionals must be able to confidently convert leads and prospects into regular customers and set an example for their team, all of which requires confidence and courage. Furthermore, the best medical sales managers can confidently articulate a strong argument during the initial pitch. Whether you specialise in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology or medical devices and equipment, confident sales managers build trust more easily.

 

Adaptability 

Adaptability is crucial for any industry. In medical sales, managers may be working with a team of individuals with a varied range of experience. This means you might have a young graduate early in their career as well as a seasoned medical professional. Therefore, managers need to be adapt their leadership and communication style to motivate individuals with different levels of experience. The best medical sales managers are flexible and able to change their approach for different personalities and circumstances. Working in medical sales can be unpredictable, so managers need to be flexible and always consider alternative solutions.

 

Passion

It is a medical sales manager’s responsibility to inspire confidence and positivity in their team. Great medical sales managers are passionate about what they do and care about their customers, as well as the organisation. This includes being passionate about the company’s mission with a desire to help their team grow. Without a passion and genuine interest in healthcare and medical devices, it will be difficult to manage a team effectively in the long term. Also, the best leaders have a passion for continuous learning. Since there are always new medical innovations and breakthroughs, medical sales managers must continue to expand their skills and knowledge, which they can then reinforce to their team. Above all, having a growth mindset is essential for any medical sales manager.

 

Let IQVIA help you with your medical sales career

At IQVIA, we provide global opportunities and solutions for clients in the healthcare industry. We help our customers move forward by creating intelligent connections through the use of data and analytics. We’re a diverse community of individuals from around the world and we understand the challenges many healthcare professionals face. That’s why we have an excellent team of sales representatives and medical science professionals who ensure our clients are prescribed the right products. IQVIA is dedicated to transforming healthcare for the better and we have an array of great opportunities.

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