What are the qualities of a good manager?
We've all worked with good and bad managers before. So what makes someone a good manager? What specific qualities do they have? What do you expect from a good manager?
It is too broad a subject to cover, but I can put forth one quality manager must-have.
Imagine if you were at a shop and the cashier was blind, couldn't tell the difference between $100 and a piece of paper. What would most people pay him with? They'd pay him with paper instead of money.
Because when people can get away with giving less, they give less.
How this ties to management is that a manager must not be a blind cashier. He's gotta be able to tell his good employees, the hundreds, apart from his bad employees, the blank paper.
If not, the good employees will become bad thanks to homeostasis.
Employees must know that the good is seen, and appreciated. Once that is established they must learn that the bad has consequences.
5. Time Management
In my experience, I've found that good managers have always worked well with their teams. They understand every team member's individual capacity and limitations. And with this knowledge, they know when to push their people, and how to do it effectively - when to motivate them, when to give them reality checks, when to yell and when to applause so on and so forth.
Basically, good managers would be people with high EQs, who are able to read other people well and know how to influence them in a way that keeps them at their best performance.
Hope this helps!
In my opinion, some of the qualities of a good manager involve:
- ability to find right people to solve each problem,
- ability to motivate employees to do their jobs well,
- ability to keep a good balance between giving freedom to employees and maintaining control,
- ability to keep the team focused on the most important things.
I hope my answer helped.
This list could be infinitely long. But here's my take on a few things. A solid leader:
1) will guide their employees, not tell them what to do
2) will be there to support their team when they run into road blocks
3) weads by example
4) provides clear instructions
5) does not micromanage
6) respect their employees time (ie: won't be late for meetings and will reply to emails promptly)
Hope these help
There are many things that help a manager to get the best out of his team. However, the research and experience of a 10 year long project at Google points to 'Psychological Safety' as the key factor. That is, the team members feel feel reassured that if something goes wrong, their manager will stand by them.
Other qualities that help managers are : Genuine interest and care about the people in the team and not just the work, ability to coach where team members falls short in capability, ability to communicate an inspiring vision for the team etc.