10 Traits Every Amazing Boss Possesses

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Everyone can recognise a great manager a mile away, so why is it so hard to find one? We all remember a few that are “legends in their own mind”, but that doesn’t do it. In fact, the clue here is that the view in your mind is the only one that matters, rather than the other way around.Almost every one of us in business can remember that one special manager in their career who exemplifies the norm, who commanded our respect, and treated us like a friend, even in the toughest of personal or business crises.

I’ve asked many peers for the traits or attributes they saw in that person, and most will list the following positive functional traits of a good manager.

Martin Zwilling is CEO & Founder of Startup Professionals, Inc.; he also serves as Board Member and Executive in Residence at Callaman Ventures and is an advisory board member for multiple startups.This post was originally published on his blog, and it is republished here with permission.

1. Leadership

Shows outstanding skills in guiding team members towards attainment of the organisation's goals and the right decisions at the right point of time.

As Drucker said, 'management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.'

2. Plan and delegate

Possesses foresight and skills to understand the relevant capabilities of team members, and then scheduling tasks and delegating to the right people to get tasks done within deadlines.

You are a guide, not a commander.

3. Domain expert

Demonstrates complete knowledge of his field and confident about that knowledge, with the common sense to make quick productive decisions, and ability to think outside the box.

4. Set clear expectations

Employees should always know what is expected of them. One of the easiest ways to do this is to set deliverable milestones for each employee over a set period of time.

Then review the performance vs. the roadmap or deliverable at least six months prior to a performance review and discuss ways to improve.

5. Positive recognition

6. Active listener

Shows traits such as listening with feedback, optimistic attitude, motivating ability, and a concern for people. Listening to what is said as well as what is not said is of the utmost importance.

It is demoralizing to an employee to be speaking to a supervisor and be interrupted for a phone call. All interruptions should be avoided.

7. Shows empathy

This refers to the ability to 'walk in another person's shoes', and to have insight into the thoughts, and the emotional reactions of individuals faced with change.

Empathy requires that you suspend judgment of another's actions or reactions, while you try to understand them, and treat them with sensitivity, respect, and kindness.

8. Always honest

9. Sense of humour

People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. The majority of people are able to be amused at something funny, and see an irony.

One of the most frequently cited attractions in great personal relationships is a sense of humour.

10. Keep your cool

A great manager is an effective communicator and a composed individual, with a proven tolerance for ambiguity.

He/she never loses their cool, and is able to correct the team members without emotional body language or statements.

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