All the Teamwork You Can Manage

It doesn’t take an expert to know the difference between a good and bad manager. A good manager brings results by encouraging the team and fostering an environment of cooperativeness. A bad manager is happy to coast on the work of others and chime in once in a while to show he or she is involved, but leaves the real work and delegation to those who are lesser paid and unappreciated. An effective manager works hard and cares about their employees to see results. Happy employees usually work harder to keep their employers happy. If you have had the luxury of working under an effective manager, you probably know the five qualities they portray. If not, here is a short run down of the five qualities of an effective manager.

A good manager cares. They care not just about the job or the company, effective managers care about the people. When they ask how you are doing, they are genuinely interested in the answer and listen. Remember listening? It’s a lost art in our busy, immediate-result technology age. I myself find myself only half listening to my family members who I care about the most. It’s rare to find the manager who not only wants to know about your work progress but also about you as a person. After all, there’s a person here, not just an employee number.

An effective manager is actively involved. When an employee comes to them with a problem or question, they don’t shove them off on someone lower on the totem pole. The effective manager takes control of the situation and finds a solution, probably by using their good listening skills.

Good managers know the strengths and weaknesses of their employees. This is part of a manager caring enough about their employees to take notice of their strengths. A manager is essentially assembling a team to complete a task and this can only be accomplished by knowing the team members.

As well as being actively involved, an effective manager knows when to step back and let the team take control of their project. Have you ever had a manager take credit for your team’s hard work? An effective manager knows when they have done their job with leading the team, but it is the team’s collective work that should be applauded.

Finally, an effective manager willingly puts in extra hours to clean up after the team. When something goes horribly wrong, a good manager will come in earlier and stay later than everyone else to fix the situation. They realize that a major client lost or project gone awry reflects on their poor managerial skills, not the ineffectiveness of the team. After all they are responsible for the assembling the team.