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Four traits that define a great manager


The ability to motivate a team of workers and inspire as a leader is no mean feat. It is fair to say that all managers want to be able to encourage the highest levels of performance and really get the best out of their employees. However, a truly remarkable leader possesses a unique understanding of the workplace, business, and the company of people around them.

We’ve pulled together four traits that define a great leader and boss:

1. Laying the right foundations

A great manager will maintain an objective perspective on all events and people within their organisation.

They will naturally create a team that shares a similar mentality, but possesses different areas of expertise, a team whose skill set compliments each other and can adapt easily to new markets.

A remarkable leader will view their company as a collection of individual aspirations, all striving towards a higher purpose, and be able to inspire teamwork that dedicates itself to the success of its peers and, in turn, that of the company. Laying the right foundations is crucial as the most diverse company will be the most likely to succeed.

2. Conscious responsibility

A talented leader will maintain accountability for every employee’s performance.

An amount of empathy is required to be able to guide workers through difficult challenges and be able to retain objectivity when problems are encountered. A good manager will always look for constructive solutions with the long-term success of the organisation in mind; they are continuously focused on moving forwards.

A consciousness of one’s responsibility over others is essential to provide praise for success and seek solutions instead of applying blame when identifying problems.

3. ‘Decisive’ is my middle name

Every manager must be able to make tough decisions and realise that difficult choices sometimes have to be made in the best interests of the entire company.

A great boss will not hesitate in decision making but will always think through multiple scenarios and the impact of such decisions on each employee.

An extraordinary leader also recognises when not to act unilaterally, but to instead cultivate collaborative decision making.

4. Inspiring confidence

A truly talented leader is one whose own confidence infects those around them, providing a natural source of positive energy so they are often sought for advice and draw the best out of their employees.

A great manager will challenge their workers, helping them to achieve individual goals. They hold providing the right support, tools and training for their workers high among their values. A great boss will always strive to put people in jobs that can make them happy and inspire others to imagine their vision of the future of the company that they are a part of.

What other traits do you think define a great manager? Let us know in the comments below.


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