What makes a good manager?
I’m sure if we asked, what makes a bad manager you could list 100+ attributes of someone that you wouldn’t like peering over you for 8 hours a day 7 days a week. I am also sure that we have all got at least one ‘Bad Manager’ story to tell. Not to mention shows like ‘The Office’ and ‘The IT crowd’ depicting the classic ‘Bad Manager’
Let’s start by giving these ‘bad managers’ the benefit of doubt. It is becoming increasingly common that managers are finding themselves in these such positions almost by accident, whether it be through by staff turnover or simply being the most experienced in their role at the organisation. Unfortunately, both of these examples do not qualify you for being a good manager.
We are currently experiencing some uncertain times, business has still never really recovered from the 2008 crash and the last few years (as we write this) have been littered with political changes. The pound seems to fluctuate hourly and the confusion around Brexit is ever present, this has had a big impact on businesses and their likelihood of investment and spending. Therefore, the new manager is less likely to join the team from an external source and the manager that is chosen, isn’t likely to be up skilled on a management course.
One of the key principles to successful management is the relationship between the manager and their staff. Strong relationships are based on trust, commitment and engagement. A good manager’s role is to essentially build these relationships so that tasks and work set is completed with enthusiasm, efficiently and delivered on time.
You may find a good manager will be;
Needless to say, it is important to have good managers within your company. The productivity and efficiency of staff increase, staff turnover will decrease and most importantly, a good manager will produce more ‘good managers’ as those aspiring managers within your team have a great example to follow and learn from.