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6 Traits of an Outstanding Manager

With increasing pressures and stresses of their job, a number of managers have taken the route of being bad bosses rather than inspiring leaders. The reason for this can either be that they cannot be bothered with sugar-coating issues, or that their own managers set bad examples of them. Whatever the source of bad managerial skills is, it is important to pull your socks off and be a leader who others look up to – rather than someone who everyone despises.

#1 Motivate their Team

Being a manager is a huge responsibility – you are not only in charge of your own work but of others as well. Many managers fail to recognize the importance of motivating and setting goals for their employees. It is advised to clearly set targets for each member in your team to ensure that all tasks are completed in due time. 

#2 Provide Useful Feedback

To perform to your best ability, you require feedback. This applies to your employees as well – therefore you should make sure that you conduct performance reviews routinely. This not only motivates your team to work better, but it also helps them spot their weaknesses and improve their skills.

#3 Effectively Communicate

Communication is the first and foremost quality that a number of managers fail to recognize. Employees require a clear set of targets and expectations, and as their manager it is your responsibility to effectively communicate and set their goals.

#4 Are approachable

A good leader is someone who others look up to – a problem solver who is determined to offer solutions to succeed. Managers often take the power of their superior rule and abuse it by distancing themselves from their employees, building a divide between within their department. It is advised to be a leader, yet be someone who is approachable and who understand how to delegate their team to get optimal results.

#5 Support their Employees

Employees should not feel scared or uncomfortable to approach you with issues related to their work. if an employee has a sick child, be supportive and offer flexible hours or a day off. Stressed out employees are not productive and cause the department to slow down. Be a manager who looks after their team, rather than someone who is selfish and only looks out for their own interest.

#6 Offer Room for Improvement

No one likes being stuck in the same job for years, and a good manager should use this to their advantage. Recognize people’s effort and strengths by offering rewards. Set incentives for your employees – whether in terms of salary or job title – to motivate and optimize performance within your department. 

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