4 Traits That Make a Great Manager [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 24, 2015

1:15 pm

What makes a good manager? I’m sure a number of traits come to mind, although probably not as many as if I were to ask ‘What makes a bad manager?’  We all want a manager we can trust and depend on, someone who will treat us with respect, and someone who is fair – who knows when to put people first and when to put the company first.

Many might confuse management and leadership; however, it can be argued that while they bring to mind some of the same skills, they are completely different animals. Right now we are going to focus specifically on being a manager.

Pepperdine University put together an infographic highlighting some of the top traits of good managers. First, just to get any uncertainty out of the way, here are a couple things that good managers are not: tyrannical, micromanaging, unapproachable.

Now lets get to the list of what successful managers are:

  • Interested and Talented: Some have the chops naturally, while others need to learn it, but being interested in doing the job right and finding solutions are key components
  • Trusted: One in five employees feel that trust is the most important component of an employee-boss relationship.
  • Diplomatic: Employees can see right through an unfair work situation. If you don’t treat your employees fairly, you can guarantee that your team members will feel alienated.
  • Respectful: Many young people just starting out in the workforce want a job where they can grow professionally, feel respected, and not be talked down to.

Successful Managers

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Kristin is an aspiring entrepreneur who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. During the day she is an ops, biz dev, and marketing maven for Fission Strategy

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