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How Good Managers Become Great Managers

Managers are reflections of the organization’s culture. Organizations need to appoint managers that can resonate with their culture and exhibit maturity in working with a talent pool of diverse personalities. A manager is like a conductor in an orchestra that can derail the whole team with a few wrong moves, plunging the entire project into shambles. Skye Schooley shares a few tips and practices to become a good people manager in this article at

Qualities to Be a Good Manager

Refocus Your Priorities

Employees never leave the company; they leave the manager. Managers have the authority to task and discipline their employees, but no one likes a dictator or micromanager. You need to get down from your pedestal and shift your focus from controlling to redesigning the work environment to achieve team goals. You must focus on holistic outputs, empowering, encouraging, and supporting your team members, rather than controlling, being rigid, and micromanaging team members.

Optimize Your Team

People management strategies that focus on creating a positive work environment are pivotal to curbing attrition rates. Engaging and boosting employee morale will motivate and boost the team’s productivity, ownership, and efficiency. You should know the strengths and weaknesses of your team members to draw the roadmap and assign the tasks complementing the skills and strengths of each team member. This will help you upskill your team by training, guiding, and empowering them based on your analysis and directing them towards achieving a common goal.

Acquire These Qualities

Many qualities contribute to being a good manager, but ethics, integrity, transparency, emotional intelligence, and competence are highly sought skills. A trustworthy, receptive manager that takes ownership, empowers the team, and leads with clear directions is desired by every team.

Hone Your Skills

For employees, management represents and defines an organization’s culture. So, as a manager, you should have an approach that is more engaging, diverse, and inclusive, leading to a conducive work environment. Not everyone has the innate skills required to manage people, but these qualities can be honed with practice. Enrolling in professional development programs, seeking advice from experienced professionals, and engaging with the team for feedback will provide you insights to improve and develop skills required to be an effective manager.

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