What Kind of Manager are you

4/27/2014

Management Qualities: What Kind of Manager are you?

When starting a business, it’s important to consider the fact that you may one day be hiring employees to work for you. With that being said, management is no easy task. Being the “boss” can be one of the most challenging positions an individual can be in.  You put yourself in a position that can be both rewarding and exhausting; it’s all about your perspective and approach.

If you’re thinking about getting into a management, CEO, Leader, Supervisor, etc. type role, you may want to consider some of the qualities of a strong manager. We have listed a few below.

Promote Employee Growth

The traditional management technique was leading by fear. Employees would work hard to make sure their manager looked good. They’re motivation: they didn’t want to loose their job. Now, however, a successful manager looks for ways to allow their employees to grow. They learn how to take a step back and work with their employees as a team, to make sure every project is mutually beneficial. Always remember, employees are the most valuable assets a company can have.

Know the Business

This sounds simple, especially if you were the one who started the business. Having said that, no one wants to work for a manager that doesn’t know what they’re talking about. This means that if you’re not ready for the role, then don’t take the role on. Management is a position that you take when you become the expert in the field because people answer to you and will come to you with questions.  Employees want you to mentor them.

Vulnerability

Vulnerability is crucial to any type of leadership role. You need to be able to admit when you’re wrong, when you don’t know the answer, or when you have made a mistake. Vulnerability is the root of innovation and creative thinking. Some of the world’s best examples of leaders had vulnerable moments where they made mistakes. If they had never recognized these mistakes, the world would be a much different place.

Transparency and Openness

Traditionally, managers were like kings and sat above all other employees. They had the final say and really didn’t consider the thoughts of their employees. Now, however, a new breed of managers has emerged; they are open to the ideas of others, and they give employees the opportunity to have their say. Believe it or not, employees are more motivated to work harder for you and go above and beyond, when they know it will matter and have an impact on the business. Today’s manager no longer believes in hoarding information about the company or keeping secrets from their employees. It’s important to recognize the value in collective thinking among a team.

Remember: A manager is nothing without their employees.

What qualities have you seen in your manager that you feel need to be shared?

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