hotsteppers.com.ng presents to you; Manager: 10 Outstanding qualities of a great boss

What are the qualities of a great manager or boss? Unfortunately, there is no single all-encompassing answer to this question. It all depends on numerous factors; like the type of company concerned, the strategy, goal, context, stakes, team, management…

Just as there is bound to be the right employee for the right job, there is a right manager for the right company, Organization and firm. Hence, a “good” manager is a fully context-dependent notion.

Hence, here are 10 outstanding qualities of great managers.

Being Autonomous and Responsible

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A great manager must be able to tackle decisions on his or her own and, most importantly, must be capable of bearing the responsibility of those choices, be they good or bad. It is also crucial that they prioritize and develop their employees’ autonomy, empowering them all the while.

Being autonomous means being unafraid of responsibility, being able to take a firm stance on issues even when alone with a given opinion, and accepting the consequences of such a decision.

Let’s be honest – being a leader often means having to face difficulties on your own, and that is not a strength given to everyone!

Having a Vision and Communicating It

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One of the qualities of a great manager is knowing how to convey the mission of the company to others, and proposing a clear way of thinking that can orient everybody’s work. Having a vision is one thing, but it is another altogether to be able to communicate it.

After all, it is useless if it can’t be clearly understood. And I must emphasize the word clearly!

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Taking the Right Decisions at the Right Time

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For managers, the art of decision making is an essential requirement of leadership. The result of the choices made by the manager can be, and often is, the very reason for their success or failure.

It is important to make the best decision possible, but making it at the right moment is key. Doing so too late is as bad as making the wrong decision!

Showing Leadership and Inspiring Others

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Leadership is the ability to influence and guide a group toward a common goal while entertaining a relationship of mutual trust.

For a manager, this also means being in charge, taking command, having a vision, encouraging employee engagement and motivation, all the while obtaining the collaboration of a group with the main goal in mind.

Having Intellectual Resources

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A great manager always wants to evolve, learn and better him- or herself. The more intellectual resources they have, the faster the learning process!

Do your managers have a logical style of thinking; the ability to use reasoning or a systematic and decisive way of thought?

Are they able to create and formulate hypotheses, have a 6th sense and call upon their intuition?

In a storm of ambiguity, intuition is the most essential tool!

Do they have a global strategic vision in addition to a more operational way of viewing things? Are they able to manipulate abstract concepts that do not directly translate into a direct application, like ideas and conceptual notions?

Showing Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence encompasses a group of verbal and non-verbal skills that allow an individual to generate, recognize, express, understand and evaluate their own emotions and those of others in a way that orients their thoughts and actions to fulfil requirements and respond to the pressures of the surrounding environment.

In order to develop that trait, the first step for a manager is knowing him or herself.

A manager must also learn to govern their own emotions, tailoring them to the flurry of situation that may arise, all the while showing empathy for the feelings of others.

Being Positive, Enthusiastic and Cultivating the Joys of Working in a Group

Who wants to follow an overly optimistic manager? Who wants to push their limits if there is no pleasure to withdraw from the experience? Are your managers capable of exuding happiness at work, as well as the enthusiasm and joy of working as a team?

Of course, the ultimate superhero of management does not exist. And even if they did, we would not even necessarily want them!

The most important actions to take is determining your managers’ qualities, helping them know themselves better, and relying on their strengths in order to help them grow.

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Knowing How to Be in Command

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The person in command should:

  • Keep an eye on the goal
  • Give directives
  • Make judgment calls
  • Tackle obstacles head-on
  • Manage their emotions
  • Be a role model for others
  • Take a firm stance on some issues
  • Go against the status quo
  • Win the trust of others.

Nothing is more harmful to a team than a captain without direction, who is unable to settle conflicts, who refuses to see reality as it is, who can’t bear criticism, and who won’t answer for his or her actions. It is the perfect recipe for disaster!

Having Political Sense

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Having political sense is essentially being able to distinguish between “being political” and “having political sense” (and you would be surprised of the number of people who do not understand this distinction!).

If someone has political sense, they are capable of saying and doing things that are in line with the convictions and customs that are deemed acceptable in a given environment. It is seeking out, understanding and considering the stakes that are present in the situation one is in.

One of the qualities of a great manager is choosing the proper time and place in order to communicate what needs to be relayed with minimum disruption.

Showing Humility and Vulnerability

“Vulnerability tastes of truth and smells of courage.”

Having the courage to be vulnerable as a manager, the courage to be yourself is the keystone of an inspiring leader.

Humility means being able to recognize your mistakes and downfalls without excuses. Recognizing that you are no superhero, putting others at ease, encouraging and respecting different points of view. And also, knowing how to build on everybody’s strengths and surrounding yourself with people who are often better than yourself.

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