5 Characteristics of a Great Manager

There isn’t a set formula for being a great manager, though it would be easier for many if there was. However, there is a list of characteristics that are common among most of the best. Whether you possess these characteristics naturally or have to work at them, knowing and embracing them can help you be a better manager.

Great Managers Know How to Show Respect
Human beings require respect to function at their highest potential. It doesn’t take much. A simple acknowledgement of what a great job is being done. Alternatively, if the work quality is not so great, the respect of teaching and training and helping to do the job better is a major show of respect.

Great Managers Know the Value of Flexibility
While it has to be handled appropriately, and some jobs lend themselves to being more flexible than others, a manager that knows the value of being flexible with their employees is a treasure.

Employees lead lives outside of work, and there are times that those lives need more attention than work does. The ability to be able to balance this and a manager that understands, is priceless.

Great Managers Hold Their Employees Accountable
Of course being held accountable to doing your job correctly is a given. However, a great manager is one who holds his or her employees to reaching their full potential. They will make certain they have to tools necessary to do so, and support them is using those tools to do their best.

Great Managers Give Recognition Where Recognition Is Due
Employees are much more likely to be productive if their productivity is acknowledged. They are more likely to work harder and do their best if someone is going to notice. Hard work that goes unnoticed is not going to continue for long. The best managers know this and make certain that credit is given where credit is due.

Great Managers Empower Employees to Do Their Best
Not only do great managers hold their employees accountable to doing their best, they empower them to do so. They offer training, continuing education, and other tools to ensure that employees are actually able to work to their highest potential.

While being a great manager can be a natural talent, it is possible to work toward being the best manger you can be by implementing these practices. Great managers have bring out the best in their employees, and this helps create a great company.

Faith Stewart

Faith Stewart is a wife, mom, and freelance writer. She earned a BBA with a major in accounting and spent 10 years working in the fields of finance and accounting before pursuing her passion for helping small business owners and entrepreneurs through writing.