Good managers are hard to come by. You know the ones– they’re enthusiastic about the company and make level-headed decisions, fueled by expertise and empathy. But with different management styles, different kinds of businesses, and different types of people to manage, what really defines a good manager? What qualities do ‘good managers’ share that set them above the rest? Let’s dive in and explore the qualities that are essential in effectively leading people in business.
A good manager has a vision and knows how to convey it to others. They propose a clear way of thinking about their vision and how the company as a whole can achieve it. It’s never forgotten and demonstrated daily throughout their work and their communication.
Communication skills are extremely important in great leaders. Great leaders are not only able to make decisions but communicate the answers to tough questions that can accompany their decisions. They’re personable and open to hearing feedback. They are able to delegate properly and motivate the team so that everyone is on the same wavelength. A good manager’s communication skills are equally effective verbally and written, especially in this day and age, where working remotely and engaging the team with technology is necessary.
Positive & Accountable
Positivity aligns with the enthusiasm we mentioned earlier. Good managers see the bright side. This can be especially motivating for employees and make work that much more enjoyable. However, their positivity is backed by accountability. They hold everyone up to high standards and keep the business on track. They won’t sit back and watch; they’ll work with the team to get what needs to be done, done.
Expertise is very much appreciated in the field of management. Knowing what you’re talking about will take managers further, as employees can learn from them and respect their thought-processes. However, good managers are also aware of how rapidly industries can change. They are on top of filling in the gaps and finding the education needed for themselves and the rest of the team.
Empathy speaks to emotional intelligence, which is a very valuable trait when it comes to being a good manager. Good managers work well with people, understanding their feelings and perspectives. There are always going to be realities outside of the working world and it helps to be a manager that acknowledges this.
Good managers are inspirational, leading by example, and constantly pushing to become better and better. Employees look to them for how they can improve themselves. They lead with integrity and lots of motivation.
Loves the company!
Lastly, and very importantly– good managers love their company. They enjoy aspects of the company that are unique and might turn others off. Good managers are invested in the company culture and realize that the culture drives a lot of the company as a whole. They are constantly looking to make things better for everyone.
Being a good manager doesn’t happen all at once. It takes practice and self-awareness to be able to improve. With these qualities in mind, step up and be the best you can be or hire the best you can find. It’s good to know what to look for and understand where you can.