Good managers come in all shapes and sizes.
Depending on their own unique strengths, effectiveness as a manager will vary person to person. As a result, it can be hard to know the right kinds of managers to hire, promote or which ones simply deserve recognition for their achievements.
Of course, there are a few signs to spot a top performing manager, no matter which industry you work in – AIM has seen these common traits in many of the managers who are nominated for the Excellence Awards year after year.
In celebration of managers worthy of recognition, here are five common traits we have identified in outstanding managers:
1. They take management a step further – they become a leader
Achieving goals requires direction and direction requires somebody to navigate the way. Top performing managers fulfil this need, having an impressive ability to create and develop a vision worth pursuing and the uncanny ability to inspire others to embrace this direction. They offer purpose, lead with confidence and inspire trust in their teams.
2. They mentor and support up-and-coming managers
The younger generations are the future of management – great managers understand this and take the time to help support the future of management by mentoring up-and-coming professionals. They know the value of mentoring and make it a priority in their workplaces and networks. For these managers, it isn’t about personal gain, but a responsibility for the industry as a whole.
3. They represent their own unique personal brand
Outstanding managers know what they stand for and reflect this in their personal brand. You can easily identify their values, integrity and goals, because they are clear in who they are and how they lead. These managers exhibit an impressive self-awareness and self-confidence that leaves a lasting impression wherever they work.
4. They develop emotional intelligence
Emotional intelligence is becoming increasingly relevant for managers as research continues to prove the importance of empathy, self-awareness and emotional self-regulation in the workplace. These managers are effective at connecting with their staff, maintaining team engagement and enhancing staff retention. They show they genuinely care and forge strong connections with their people.
5. They adapt, transform and evolve as needed
In today’s ever-changing world, the chameleon manager is a great asset for any team. They understand change is inevitable and embrace the unknown. They look for new opportunities, identify new trends and understand that the marketplace doesn’t stay still very long. Most importantly, they lead their teams through change with confidence, supporting them every step of the way.
These five qualities are well worth aspiring to, developing further and looking out for in your colleagues and networks – they could help you find the perfect manager to lead your next project.
In support of management excellence and encouragement of deserving leaders, AIM is also currently running the 2014 AIM Excellence Awards – you can nominate or apply online.
Offering awards in the areas of Manager of the Year, Owner Manager of the Year, Young Manager of the Year and Not for Profit Manager of the Year, we’re passionate about encouraging industry recognition for outstanding managers – you don’t have to be an AIM member to nominate or apply.