Great Managers are few and far between and if you think you are a great manager know one thing… unless you have people asking to work for you when one of your people leave, you are not as great as you think you are. Remember, people will want to come to your department or organization because it might mean opportunity, promotion or change in their environment but if you are a great manager, people will be coming to you privately, to talk, or in an email, privately, where they will say things like, I just want you to know, that if you ever have an opening I would love to be on your team. Then you ask them why and they might say something like, I have seen …how fair you are/good you are with your team/how you treat your people/because so-and-so has told me what a great manager you are…
If you are not receiving these kinds of accolades or requests then you are probably not as good a manager as you think you are.
Being a manager is not what you thought it was going to be. Sure, you might be pretty effective in your job. Yes, you might get the results that your superiors expect from you and yes, you might even get accolades from your bosses and those are all necessary and good for your survival but…
that does not make you a great manager.
Great Managers get all of those things plus they have put together a team that works like a team, acts like a team, produces like a team and more importantly, likes coming to work! A Great Manager takes the skills their people bring to the organization and enhance those skills with the skills of others. They find out what one person excels in and what that same person falls down in. One person might be great at details or stats or keeping you abreast of their progress but not excel at the actual design, implementation, connections, creativity that is required… while another person might excel at the creative part but not be great at the details part. A Great Manager creates a team within the team to accomplish all that both of these people excel at. A Great Manager knows their people and in that knowing creates additional gifts that the team will aspire to achieve and relate.
A Great Managers knows one thing.. and that is, they still have so much to learn and they can learn it from their team as well as their bosses.
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