There are two types of people – good and bad.
This principle holds true in corporate sector.
There are two types of managers – Good Manager (G) and Bad Manager (M)
A good manager is someone who earns your respect and you want to be like him when you ascend corporate ladder.
A bad manager is someone who has made your life hell and is the reason for your high stress level (cursing daily might help)
I had a dream where I am cursing my manager for being dumb wit, rude and self centre.
A very unusual dream for a 25 years old guy who should be dreaming about beautiful girls right?
It’s not the dream that worries me; it’s the thought that if I ever be in a managerial position “What kind of Manager, I want to be”?
The answer is of course a good manager.
It’s 3.20 AM and I am wondering –
what are the qualities of a good manager?
What are the qualities that I want my manager to exhibit?
What are the qualities that I want to reflect when I become a manager –
- Knowledge – whether it is technical skills, domain knowledge or any other aspect of business, knowledge is very important. For example, I instantly like someone who is smart and knows insight out of the process and demonstrates strong technical command.
- Self Awareness – If I am aware of myself and what I am doing, I can do all the other things better and guide my team.
- Positive Environment – There will be difficult times and tense situation but it’s a sole responsibility of a manager to create positive spirit and motivate its employees.
- Long term Benefit – Focus on long term benefit over short term profit.
- Communicate and Interact – Frequently interact with your team, take positive feedback, explain them situation. It should be open house discussion where ideas should be expressed freely.
- Your action speaks louder than words.
- Equality – Treat everyone equal and don’t differentiate among employees. Everyone has their favourite but don’t be biased.
- Responsibility – take responsibility and fulfil those responsibilities.
After certain point of time, people don’t work for money but for people around them (colleagues and family).
Remember, you earn your teams respect through your actions.
Inspiration: One day, I will be leading a team and on that day, I want to come back and read this article.