Can you think of a single sports team that thrives without a great captain? Even if they have the best players on their side, they still need strong leadership to support and guide them to success. Similarly, having highly productive teams isn’t enough. There must be the presence of a manager or system that supports your team to flourish in any environment.
This very leadership and management can help your teams achieve more, in less time and with less effort.
What makes a good manager?
Simply put, good managers are able to maintain a balance between their team’s everyday work and the organization’s big goals. They ensure that their team does not go astray from these goals and that their everyday work is aligned to meet them – leading them to success.
On a blog, it seems pretty simple and straightforward – but in reality, its far more complex.
Because a manager’s merit cannot be based upon how successful their team is but on the amount of leadership and effort that they put into driving their team to success.
A good manager’s top four traits
If you look at things broadly, you will observe patterns in the ways good managers work. And it doesn’t take too much time to map out the common patterns in how each of them works with their team. Here’s are some of these traits that are significant to be able to effortlessly make your teams successful:
When someone tells you to be inclusive, it isn’t just limited to having people from diverse cultures and regions in your team. Being truly inclusive means having the emotional intelligence to understand and help a more diverse group of people.
And a good manager possesses this very intelligence that enables his team to have advanced interpersonal relations and improved communication.
- Have open and honest conversations with your team
- Recognize every team member’s unique skills
- Give time to positive feedback and encouragement
Any good leader must be a great communicator. They must know what to say, how to say it and when is the right time to say it.
Similarly, in a workplace, a good manager must fully understand how their team communicates with each other and provide them with more efficient solutions/processes, if they face any problems.
More often than you would believe, complications in projects narrows down to communication error within the team. So it is essential to create a communication plan that best fits your team and streamlines conversations.
- Assign different channels to different types of communication
- Understand how your team converses when they casually talk to each other
- Help your team develop better written communication skills
A good manager is decisive – not only in their everyday work but also in times of panic when decision making is all the more complicated.
It is important to remember that you are making decisions that do not just impact you, but the entire team. So it’s in your best interest to take the entire team’s feedback before making a big decision.
In the end, it all comes down to what you think is best. But knowing what your team wants will help you better justify your decision and avoid conflicts.
- Coordinate and inform your team of any major decisions
- Give your team time to react and response
- Always provide full context and clarity on the ongoing affairs
You’ve probably heard this one before. Accountability sets the tone for how your team works. And since you’re leading your team, you must lead by example.
Every working individual (including you) will make some mistakes at some point in their careers. If you want team members to be highly accountable for their actions, you need to adopt a transparent work culture and be open about your own mistakes and actions too. This also helps in fostering a culture of trust and honesty within teams.
- Adapt accountability as a medium to quickly solve problems
- Always acknowledge issues within the team
- Actively listen to your team members
What makes a good manager great?
The big question still remains. Although there are a lot of good managers that are able to lead teams well – there are only a few great managers that are able to lead their teams seamlessly.
And what sets them apart from other managers?
Good managers possess the skills to guide and support their team but great managers know how to develop their teams to be highly adaptable and flexible to change.
A highly adaptable team will respond effectively to different problems and challenges within the workplace. And make your life easier.
- Always be on the lookout to identify any problems in your team
- Encourage your team to ask more questions
- Do not let your team only reside in their comfort zone
- Enable team members to learn how to embrace change
Be a Leader
“A great manager is not a person who can do the work better than his men; he is a person who can get his men to do the work better than he can.” – Frederick W. Smith
Great managers know that their responsibilities are not limited to making their team members do their work. Rather, they play a primary role in building a positive and healthy work environment.