Being a manager can be a tough task. In many cases, managers are charged with the responsibility of the actions of a number of employees. Every one of these employees has his or her differing work ethic, skill set, educational level, background history, cultural upbringing, learning style, and personality. Managers have to multitask and make things happen. But, not all managers are created equally. Some are amazingly awesome while others simply are not so awesome. Being a good manager is not actually that hard, all it takes is practice and a willingness to communicate.
1. A good manager listens more than he or she talks. A bad manager talks and never listens.
2. A good manager schedules downtime so as not to burn out the team. A bad manager burns out the team, and replaces people when they are burnt out, thinking they were losers.
3. A good manager makes the workplace (and work) fun. A bad manager believes having fun is something you should do on your own time.
4. A good manager surrounds him or herself with people better than them at doing the task. 5. A bad manager hires “yes” people who makes the manager look good.
6. A good manager understands and encourages focused side-projects. A bad manager fires people for doing anything not mandated by that manager.
7. A good manager promotes on merit and ability. A bad manager promotes his friends based on their ability not to show him or her up.
8. A good manager takes some of the pain when cuts need to be made. A bad manager fires the most expensive people.
Other ways Of Knowing If You’re A Bad Manager
You micro-manage. Good managers manage, bad managers micro-manage. If you’re not able to persuade or convince people of a vision and instead regularly have to crack a whip to achieve results, either the team is rotten to the core or you have failed to properly motivate.
You’re unavailable. If you’re unavailable and inaccessible to your reports then you’re not very good, regardless of how much you are appreciated by your superiors.
honest, credible, trust-worthy
•supportive of new ideas, suggestions, and criticisms
•motivates subordinates and peers alike, likes to be around people
•responsive to requests
•able to make decisions
•able to face mistakes
•able to face conflict
•dishonest, inconsistent, not credible
•dismissive of new ideas, suggestions, and criticisms
•unable to motivate anyone, or even lowers the motivation of everyone; uncomfortable or awkward around people
•non-responsive to requests
•unable to make decisions
•unable to face mistakes
Nobody expects their manager to be heavily decorated with psychology honors, but a certain amount of emotional intelligence and sensitivity can go a long way. The bad manager, of course, entirely lacks these qualities, piling work upon the most over-strained employees and not realizing that Director of marketing hasn’t produced any material this week which coincides with the fact that she hasn’t spoken much for the last few days.
Keeping your eyes peeled and your ears open around the office doesn’t hurt. Being able to read tensions and affiliations in the workplace helps you structure your team more efficiently by grouping together the people who like each other. A happy team equals a productive team.