Being a good manager involves a wide range of skills and responsibilities. Managing other people effectively and successfully is not an easy thing to do. A good manager must encourage employees to put forth their best effort. A good manager must promote team work, high productivity and high morale among the employees. A good manager must always put the company’s needs above his or her own, creating a healthy working environment that benefits the company and also its employees.

Be an Example to Others

Good managers must set an example for their employees by taking their job seriously and expecting the same from their employees. Arriving on time for work every day is a good start. Tardiness shows a lack of respect for the job, the employees and the company. Personal business should be left at home. Personal phone calls and personal emails should be avoided during working hours. Personal family matters should not be discussed with employees.

Use your own personality to guide your workers for the day. You can be laid back if that is the style that best suits you. It is also possible to be a disciplinarian if need be as well. Do whatever you think needs to be done to get the most out of your team. Leadership is all about pushing the right buttons. Leadership is also about showing you will do things your own way. Pushing others to be their best while staying within yourself is the challenge you will be up against.

Good managers must demonstrate strong leadership, management and communication skills. They should be well-focused, have specific goals and also the ability to accomplish those goals. They must be able to communicate effectively with their employees to get their message across. They must be able to manage an often-diverse group of people and pull them together as a team that can get the job done.

Show that you can set goals within your team. Accomplishing this goal will also prove that your team will follow your lead. Good leaders will have the blessing of their team when planning and executing key goals. Even if the employees don’t like the boss, they will follow him because he has their respect.

Good managers must also be excellent listeners, welcoming the ideas of their employees while encouraging their creativity and input. One of the most important tasks of a good manager is to recognize talent and potential in an employee and encourage it. Good managers must also effectively address employee concerns and deal with internal problems quickly and efficiently before they get out of hand.

A manager is not a person who can do the work better than his men; he is a person who can get his men to do the work better than he can.
Frederick W. Smith 

Good managers must possess excellent time management skills to accomplish their goals in a timely fashion. A major component of successful time management is the ability to set reasonable goals and deadlines and to appropriately delegate responsibilities to others when necessary to meet those goals and deadlines.

Good managers understand the importance of bringing good people into the company. When interviewing candidates for a position, only those with strong resumes showing relevant experience and the necessary qualifications should be considered. Managers should hire people who are a good fit with the company, not somebody they owe a favor to or one of their friends or relatives. Such a scenario all too often leads to favoritism, employee resentment and a decrease in employee morale and productivity.

Good managers never use the tough boss approach or try to control or bully their employees. Good managers never take credit for their employees’ ideas and contributions and they never blame their employees for their own mistakes.

Good managers encourage a healthy and cooperative work environment and most importantly, they respect their employees and always show their appreciation for a job well done.