I don’t want to be a good manager; I want to be a great one.
The one thing I’ve always wanted to be was a manager, or better yet, a team leader. I want to be someone people go to for advice and guidance. Throughout my career, I’ve had the fortune of learning and working alongside some great managers. I’ve also been exposed to bad leadership and individuals who have demonstrated poor management. There are many traits that great managers possess, but here is the top 5 that I believe make managers great:
One of my favourite quotes, “Check yourself before you wreck yourself!”
I really think attitude is everything. A great manager knows how their attitude sets the energy for the day. Their body language is welcoming and communicates well.
Great managers make it easier for people to give feedback when they’re transparent. Transparency fosters company culture. You cannot be a great manager if you are constantly sugar coating everything. Great managers know how to be straightforward and direct with their employees.
A true test to maturity is how well a person can regulate their emotions. Great managers represent the company’s values and must handle this responsibility with a high degree of character and maturity. They know that is they really feel frustrated, it is best to go for a walk rather than over-react of lose control in the office.
Great managers share is failures and mistakes. They consistently have one-on-one meetings with their employees and reinforce the outcomes they and the team are responsible for as well as setting goals.
One of the most important things; knowing how to develop your talented teammates. Great managers take on any opportunity to mentor their employees, address career development interest, needs, and desires. They strive to build an environment of continued learning.
Great managers care about the future as much as they care about the present for both the business and the individual. Fortunately, I was able to learn from past experiences. I myself am not a manager. Hopefully, someday I will be able to implement these key traits to being a great manager.
Tabitha Lytwynec-Bugyra, Marketing Specialist and Graphic Designer