A lot of people dream of becoming managers, to either run a small business or head a big multi-national corporation. Ironically, the qualities it takes to successfully run a small business are the same needed to run a big company. In fact, a leader who runs a small business with certain qualities can eventually grow that business into a multi national phenomenon by bringing out the best in the people he/she manages.
So to cut to the chase, here are the qualities that distinguish an average Manager from a successful one.
1. They are Confident– First and foremost, to be a successful manager, you must believe in yourself and your team members. A confident looking and sounding manager instills a sense of commitment and conviction in his employees. When you are in the workplace, be very aware of what you say and how you portray yourself to others. Effective managers are consistent in their displays of confidence throughout the day.
2. They Have a Positive Attitude: A positive attitude is contagious, same with the negative. Managers with an optimistic outlook will energize the whole team. Consistently upholding a can-do attitude and infusing enthusiasm in the day-to-day interactions will encourage others to look for the positive in even the most challenging situations. Being open-minded and expecting success from everything you and your employees do in the workplace increases the likelihood that you achieve your individual and team goals.
3. They are action-Oriented: A successful manager has a take-charge attitude and is not afraid to take some calculated risks with his/her employees and the organization he/she manages. Being action-oriented also means you think and respond quickly to whatever situation rises up. Because of this action orientation, a good team manger is also flexible in making decisions, and if necessary, based on what’s happening at-the-moment, able to change course quickly and effectively. Action-oriented managers also have a tendency to become mentors in the organization and participate in many volunteer activities both in and out of the workplace.
4. They Love The Culture of the Brand: Good managers are great leaders and high achievers, but the most successful managers? They like unique qualities about the company that might turn others off. Every company or business has a culture that drives it. The best manager become invested in not only the company but the culture therein. If for example the culture of a brand is artistic expression and creative freedom, a great manager imbibes that culture inside and outside the company.
5. They are great communicators: To be the best, you must demonstrate effective communication skills. Otherwise, a manager will lack the credibility to implement his employer’s objectives, and struggle to rally worker teams behind them. Managers who communicate well are also more likely to become good problem solvers, which is an essential skill to function well in an international workplace where diversity is increasingly the norm. The best managers are good at listening, learning and relaying a clear and concise message.