What Makes a Good Manager?


Strong management is becoming more and more important as my staff grows. Are there certain characteristics that make a good manager?

Identifying management potential doesn't have to be complicated. A good manager is someone who can plan, organize, instruct, and sprinkle their activities with a dose of leadership.

A good manager doesn't require a strategic plan for the next millennium. They do need to know what objectives must be achieved within stated time frames, and be able to communicate that information in a meaningful way to other people. They also need to know how to put a plan in place to meet those objectives. Being organized doesn't mean putting life on a spreadsheet, as much as it means setting and implementing priorities. Leadership means setting standards and living up to them, and showing others how to do the same.

Other management qualities to look for:

  • Action-oriented;
  • Approachable;
  • Able to deal with ambiguity;
  • A sense of humor.


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