Qualities of a Good Manager
“We are all a product of the management we’ve worked under.”
“You start with the team you are given and end up with the team you deserve.”
True statements made by those that have worked for all types of People Managers. Our content usually focuses on the strategic approach to Project Delivery within the Modern PMO context. In this article, we’ll get a little tactical and focus on the signs of a good manager that will motivate, coach and grow your talent. There isn’t a set of “World’s Greatest Boss” criteria to measure against so what we’ve done is identified some key attributes to look for when you are interviewing the next manager that you would like to work with or strive to become.
Strong Leadership and Vision
They plan their work and work their plan. See what’s on the horizon and plan accordingly.
Establishes a set of guiding principles for their team and themselves and ensures everyone is on the same page.
Solutions are simple, identifying problems is the skill. The best managers are problem solvers that can identify and resolve using innovative ways by engaging team members and make problem-solving a learning experience.
Delegation is an art, leveraging team strengths and developing team members along the way. Delegation shows trust in the team.
Decisive Decision Maker
Makes decisions and takes responsibility for the business outcome.
Good Managers understand the balance of needs between company and employee. Happy employee = productive resources.
Recognize a job well done.
A good manager does what they say and says what they mean. This develops trust in a two-way manner.
These are only just a few of the key points to consider when evaluating the type of people manager you are or would like to become. Have you worked with Managers that shared these qualities? Share your experiences below.