The person with the longest time in the job is not always your best choice for promoting to a supervisor or manager position. To be truly effective, managers need to be good leaders.
Look and groom for these top six qualities:
6. Correct Privately –
Have you ever been corrected in an email that’s addressed to the entire office? How about being corrected at your desk while all your co-workers look on? It’s humiliating. A great manager refrains from this type of behavior. Any problem that needs to be addressed can be discussed in private. Your employees will appreciate your professionalism. It will also result in a higher level of cooperation.
5. Praise Publicly –
Give recognition and celebrate success. It’s motivating to feel appreciated and valued. It makes us want to keep trying harder and doing our best to achieve goals. It increases the morale of the entire team, and provides a benchmark for peers to aspire to. Your employees should understand their efforts will not go unnoticed.
4. Good Communication Skills –
A manager that lacks proper communication skills is ineffective at guiding a team. Without the ability to properly convey information, confusion and frustration is likely to occur. Lack of verbal or written communication skills can lead to a disorganized atmosphere, where employees are not sure of what’s expected from them.
3. Understand the Company’s Mission –
The company’s mission guides us in making day-to-day decisions. The manager needs to understand his or her role in that mission, as well as the team’s role. Understanding what these expectations are will help to create a more cohesive working environment. We all need to know what direction we’re heading.
2. Respect –
Respect for yourself and others. Many workplaces are staffed with employees that represent a diverse melting pot of experiences. If everyone was exactly the same, it wouldn’t be so exciting! In the workplace we can use our differences. A methodical introvert and a social butterfly can come together to create something wonderful. They can both be strong assets to the company, but may be better suited to different responsibilities that work towards the same goal.
1. Like People –
A manager needs to maintain a degree of professionalism at all times. They also need strong social interaction skills. The position often requires spending a large part of the day working directly with employees. Most of us “like” people. Most importantly, a manager needs to like people to the extreme.