If talented employees are the sails that propel an organizational ship forward, then good managers are the masts that keep these sails spread and oriented according to the wind. Both business owners and human resources managers know how important a good manager is for a business’ success, and how devastating bad managers often can be. With years of experience in human resource development and training, Sageview Consulting has identified the key traits of great managers.
To help you better identify and recruit managerial talent, pay attention to these 9 traits all great managers possess:
- Leading by example
It is impossible to earn employee trust and respect if you say one thing and do another. The only way to make other people want to follow you is by walking your talk, and this is why good managers always lead by example.
- Knowing how to motivate their team
Regardless of the size of his or her paycheck, every employee needs to be motivated by something other than money to perform at their best. The ability to recognize and leverage different motivational factors for their team members is what separates truly great managers from the rest.
- Setting clear goals and expectations
It is hard to achieve great results if you don’t set clear, realistic goals and expectations. Though this may seem straightforward, it is surprising how often this falls by the wayside – and many employees struggle when their superiors fail to establish such guidelines.
- Knowing how to listen
Every effective manager should have the ability to listen and be open to ideas and feedback. It is difficult to motivate and bring the best out of employees who feel like their opinions do not matter.
- Recognizing talent
Great managers see the professional strength and weaknesses of their employees and are able to get the right people in the right roles.
- Knowing how to be team players
Great managers are leaders; but they are just as much a part of their team. And this means always standing by your team in both its successes and failures.
- Enforcing accountability
Along with setting clear and realistic expectations, good managers hold people accountable for failing to meet them. This also includes publicly recognizing and admitting their own mistakes.
- Knowing how to provide constructive feedback
Feedback is important. By continuously providing employees with constructive feedback, good managers foster an environment for learning and constant improvement.
- Caring about their team
Above all, good managers genuinely care for their team members. Aside from all productivity metrics and project goals, good managers want their people to be happy when they come to work. After all, it’s no secret that happy employees are more engaged, productive and loyal to their companies.
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