How to Be a Good Manager

coaching Good Manager Millennial Women Leaders Dealing with a Crisis Workplace Issues | Being in control of a whole teams success is stressful and nerve-racking. It’s like bungee jumping off a cliff hopping the rope has your back. There really isn’t any easy go-to step by step guide on how to be a good manager. Every company has different rules, standards, expectations, and team members. Fundera made this easy, connecting the dots on some of the most common characteristics good managers have and how you too can better your practices to best fit your team. 

If you think about it, employees are the biggest asset of a company. Even with the progress the business industry has made with robots, companies can’t run themselves. It takes a whole army of hardworking individuals collaborating with a strong leader leading the pack to succeed. Managers help with all phases from recruiting top talent to maintaining work systems, procedures, and policies, they are at the root of it all. 

It’s not surprisingly employee experiences can represent the overall standing of a company. If something goes wrong, you may hear about it in the news or tabloids. Treating your employees the right way can help your company rise to success as well as make going to work fun.

A recent study proved just how far manager appreciation influences employees’ performance — resulting in a whopping increase in productivity by 60%. Don’t be afraid to tell your team “thank you” for all their hard work and dedication. 

Remember: Employees don’t leave their companies, they leave their managers. 

What Are the Characteristics of a Good Manager?

Managers don’t just get handed managerial positions, they have worked their butt off to get there. Whether that was climbing up the corporate ladder, mastering the industry on their own time, or networking and proving their value — they earned their spot. Here are the 6 common characteristics successful managers have:

  • Leadership

Leaders have the ability to influence individuals to achieve a better result each and everyday walking into the office. They are always looking at the big picture, thinking positively and proactively to reach their next set of goals for their team. Being a thoughtful leader is a key trait when fostering a hardworking and comfortable work culture. 

  • Expertise From Experience

Most of the time managers have years of experience under their belt. They have consistently looked after others, taken responsibility for actions, and exceeded above expectations. Most importantly, managers have put in the time to master the industry they are in not only to answer questions but to navigate the industry to meet all goals. 

  • Reliability

Managers are always the point of contact when something goes good, or bad. Show you’re trustworthy, honest, and respectful fo your team’s time, including your own, whilst putting out fires and celebrating great achievements. 

  • Time Management

Managing your time effectively and proactively can show a world of difference for you and your team. Create weekly, monthly, and yearly goals that are realistic, and listen when your team may be more stressed than usual. Optimize your time and always push for a better tomorrow, as you collaborate with your team striving for success. 

  • Communication

Communication is key in almost every element of life. Communicating clear expectations can put your employees on the right path to ensure constant progress and growth, even when times get tough. 

  • Organization

Organization is crucial when supporting everybody on your team to work towards a common goal on time. When using your time management and communication skills to set clear expectations, it is just as important to keep goals organized for easy clarification if needed. Consistently set meetings to communicate with your team and keep every member on task and prepared to meet goals. 

Fundera has created an easy go-to infographic on the 7 Ways to Becoming a Better Manager. 


How to Be a Good Manager

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