Someday, as you travel the corporate journey, you will arrive at this point. Some may get there at the early stages of their career, and for some, it might take a while. But it will happen. We are expected to lead a team.
And there’s one thing pretty much every manager has in common: they were once team members. One of the greatest mysteries is exactly what core values of great managers got them where they are.
Here are 5 attributes truly you should have as a manager.
Your team members are people who all have hopes, aspirations, fears and struggles. And every one deserves to be treated with respect, dignity and care.
The most important quality a leader can have is respect. Respect is simply “having a deep admiration for someone or something.” Interestingly, treating team members with respect will ultimately earn you respect.
You make it a habit of catching people doing something right, and let them know. After all an honest compliment is so unusual that it will motivate the recipient. As simple as a nod or smile is, it will show your approval. These gestures may be simple, but you know they can create magic in a matter of moments.
Great managers recognize and appreciate what all team members have to offer. So even though you tend to be competitive and ambitious, you channel those tendencies towards the success of the team rather than for personal gain.
Having a grip on your team doesn’t mean expecting every member to immediately jump at your command. The workers already know “the boss” holds all the cards. You realize that the only power you can use is persuasion. Don’t lead with threats, blackmail and fear.
You have the confidence to recognize when and where you might not have the right answer. If you believe your team may know best, you encourage discussions and ask the right questions. The goal is to support your team and encourage them to take greater responsibility for future action.
4. Definiteness of decision
No matter the position you’re filling for, hold out for the absolute perfect person. Having the right people in the right positions allows for the best work. So take time and set your standards high.
Raising team member to become leaders is crucial for you. You know that the most effective teams are those where members are inspired and challenged to be accountable.
5. Clear vision
If you play for something bigger than yourself, you’d be playing harder but smarter. This also holds true for your team.
As a manager, you are the architect of the team. Your core responsibility is building and managing your team to deliver results. You are accountable for whether your team wins or loses. You are the hero of your team and the buck stops with you.