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.