Top Habits of Great Managers

blog090915How do you see yourself as a manager? Do you think you employ the standard skills that many great people leaders possess? There’s no secret to being a great manager—most great leadership simply involves engaging a simple set of common-sense practices on a daily basis. And for those skills that need a little more than common sense, A Better Leader offers fun, quick, and effective training to support, improve, motivate and connect with your people, helping you develop these important leadership skills.

  1. Communication

    This key factor cannot be stressed enough. Being a great manager means being able to effectively communicate with your workforce. Provide clear direction and ensure employees understand their duties and required tasks. Communication also means taking input from others. Employees often have concerns or ideas about the business that can help run things more efficiently. Be sure to listen and take action when they do.

  2. Eliminate Favoritism

    You’re only human, and there may be some employees you favor over others. But there’s no room for office politics and favoritism in a positive work environment. Be fair and honest with all your employees and give credit where credit is due, and your employees will follow your good example.

  3. Define Company Goals

    Your workforce will work more efficiently if goals are clearly defined. Set short-term and long-term goals, and then lay out the steps and actions that will need to be performed in order to successfully reach them. And remember to be realistic!

  4. Show Appreciation

    A workforce that feels their work is valued and appreciated is a more motivated and productive workforce. Be sure to acknowledge hard work and perhaps even offer incentives, celebrations or bonuses if a project is completed with excellent results.

  5. Improve Organization

    A great manager always seeks to improve organization and efficiency. You may have several ideas on how to do this, or you may seek input from your employees. Either way, an improved organization also means better time management, which naturally leads to better productivity.

  6. Utilize Your Resources

    As a manager, you often have excellent resources at your disposal that you might not take full advantage of, from market research and customer data to your employees’ untapped skills. Take the time to catalog your resources and see how they can be put to better use.

  7. Know Your Target Market

    The more you know about your target market, the more effectively you’ll be able to source leads and convert them to sales. Study the demographics and purchasing habits of your target market, engage in market research, and remember to promote good customer service. This often means the difference between growing your customer base or losing customers to your competitors.

Of course, great managers exhibit more than just the above seven traits. However, practicing these traits on a regular basis will ensure that your endeavors are not only successful but also that your employees respect and admire you.

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Chris Craddock

As the leader of Projections' production team, Chris loves to inspire others to perform at the highest levels! From the most challenging leadership opportunities to brainstorming the latest topics leaders want to learn about, Chris provides clear direction and vision.