Ingredients For a Good Manager...My Thoughts

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Ingredients For a Good Manager...My Thoughts


At our last Zoom meeting on October 5, Grant Schneider spoke about leadership. If you missed the presentation, Ed Silva offers a good summary.  That same day, Dorie Dillard Austin TX shared an excellent post and video about the culture in her office and why it is so successful.


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This prompted me to think about 3 of the best managers of people I’ve known...the gentleman who owned the staffing agency I worked for in Houston; Jeanne who managed the office I worked in at the staffing company; and Larry, who held several management positions when he was a builder. 



The key trait that I think is important is that a good leader or manager MUST like him or herself, that is they are comfortable in their own skin. 

Being self-confident (which is not the same as being egotistical) and liking who you are and being sure of yourself, allows you to like others. 

Think about it...have you ever had a manager who seemed more interested in calling out someone’s errors, than trying to help them grow from their mistake?  

Trust me, I’ll bet that manager, doesn’t really like who they are. 


And if you have a manager or leader who doesn’t like themself and doesn’t really like people, how can they successfully have the following traits?

~They want to shine the spotlight on others and acknowledge their work.

~They are open to learning from those around them about new techniques or how to improve conditions.

~They empower their employees to make the kinds of decisions that are good for the company and the company philosophy.


This is another reason why it is so important to encourage self-confidence in those around us.

The 3 people I mentioned above as the best managers I’ve known could laugh at themselves...were willing to admit when they made a mistake...and were genuinely happy when someone they knew or who worked for them succeeded. 

Comments (39)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ed Silva so true. And when is manager is so absorbed in their own interests, they forget about others. 

Sharon Tara so true. I suppose that's why I still remember and think so highly of the good managers I've had. 

Oct 12, 2021 09:48 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy,  Great blog as always from you.  Sorry could not see you at the zoom meeting. head to Ct scan.  Can I reblog this some time.


Oct 12, 2021 11:53 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Kathy Streib, I left a position because of a bad manager I had, two years after, this manager was terminated. A bad manager can truly make you appreciate the good ones.


Oct 12, 2021 01:18 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy good point, a manager can't inspire confidence unless they first have it themselves.

Oct 12, 2021 02:03 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ron and Alexandra Seigel it's amazing how many people who are excellent "technicians" in their craft can make lousy managers. 

Exactly Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty We all have differents things that motivate us and a good manager will learn what those are. 

Oct 12, 2021 03:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Will Hamm of course you can reblog it!!! And hope the CT scan went well. 

Oct 12, 2021 03:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI Beth Atalay thank you for the feature in our favorite group!!!  And yes, a bad manager can do more harm than poor production. 

George Souto notice it next time you are around a bad manager. 

Oct 12, 2021 03:52 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Kathy Streib ,

What a great post with excellent information. Thank you for including my post on my manager teresa recar! Agents leave because of the manager and not the company. We see it time and time again!

Oct 12, 2021 05:06 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

In a couple months, I will observe 40 years as a Realtor.  Over the years, I cannot think of a single manager I've had who hasn't been wonderful or easy to work with.  I've heard horror stories from other agents, so I do know bad managers exist.

Oct 12, 2021 05:21 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Oct 12, 2021 05:23 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Self confidence allows for the greatness in others, egotistical or self centered demands people recognize how great they are - even at other's expense

Oct 12, 2021 06:43 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

 We're really on the same page with this one! Integrity in everything. Love and light

Oct 12, 2021 08:16 PM
Matthew O'Hare
Osterville, MA

Leadership us a tricky beast. Many see themselves as leaders but lack the skill set to realize that self evaluation. While there are a rare group of people that appear to be natural leaders, the vast majority must practice, hone, and practice some more. The best leaders I've ever met were thoughtful and humble, yet confident. 

Oct 13, 2021 08:02 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib -  You described the cornerstone building block to being an excellent manager.  It all starts with liking yourself and having self-confidence. Some skills we learned on the job but other traits we bring to the job.  Without self-confidence, a manager will struggle.

Oct 13, 2021 08:23 AM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

All very good points, thanks for sharing. 

Oct 13, 2021 10:47 AM
John Marshall - FORE!
LoKation Real Estate - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

Kathy Streib I am always interested in reading about what others think makes a good manager. I am always looking to improve myself for my agents - and I am sorry I missed this ZOOM..... and so eerie that you call me when I had this post open, must be Halloween month....Eerie!

Oct 13, 2021 01:28 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Bad managers can destroy a company.  Thanks for sharing this with us

Oct 13, 2021 01:39 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

I really enjoyed Grant Schneider Zoom presentation . So sorry I missed this week but it was beyond my control .Sometimes we have to take care of personal things in our life. 

Oct 13, 2021 04:09 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Fantastic post Kathy! I did read and enjoyed Ed and Dorie's posts. My husband is a fantastic supervisor because he jumps in and helps in all capacities when necessary. He expects excellent results and is also good to the people who work under him.

Oct 14, 2021 01:46 PM
Matthew O'Hare
Osterville, MA

The eternal question of what makes a good leader. Sometimes those qualities are obvious and defined and sometimes those qualities are intangible elements of a person's natural personality. 

Oct 21, 2021 09:15 AM