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Inside The Mind Of A Successful Manager

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I came across these data points from an article by Pepperdine University MBA program. I Instapaper’ed it months ago but cannot find a back link to the original post, it appears to no longer be there but I wanted to credit the source.

Inside the Mind Of A Successful Manager
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An effective manager isn’t tyrannical. They don’t command unnecessarily, micromanage, or instill fear. A successful manager can be approachable, amicable, and even downright compassionate. These managers lead team of satisfied employees, which reduce turnover and boosts morale and productivity.

Here are the key qualities of a successful manager.

Interest and Talent
The best managers have personalities that are predisposed to the role.

  • Strong work ethic
  • Natural leadership
  • Genuine interest in helping others
  • Intent of finding the right solution

Good managers intuitively create diverse teams that effectively work with customers, partners, and even your competitors.

Talent and Reputation
1 in 5 employees feel that trust is the most important component of an employee-boss relationship.

How you gain your team’s trust –

  • You’re an excellent listener
  • You take initiative to find creative solutions to complex problems
  • You follow through on goals, striving for consistency and transparency
  • Your communication amongst departments streamlines workflows and builds your image
  • You focus on inspiring your team, rather than intimidating them
  • You accept changes as part of growth, and encourage employees to do the same
Attending to your employees’ needs can reduce turn over, which cost the U.S. $11 BILLION annually.
Diplomacy
1 in 10 employees say fairness is the most important component of an employee-boss relationship.
Over 1 in 8 say patience is.
How you unify your team – 
  • You keep your sights on what’s right – NOT what you want right now
  • Occasional compromise also helps with trust and reputation, so you can go with your instinct when it’s most valuable
  • You strive for consensus unifying the team and keeping you from being “the bad guy”
  • In conflict, you encourage other to suggest solutions, reducing reliance on you as the sole mediator
71% of employees aren’t fully engaged. The most common reason? A strained relationship with their supervisor.
60% say they’d work harder if that relationship improved.
Guidance
1 in 6 employees feel respect is the most important component of an employee-boss relationship.
Nearly 1 in 10 say open communication is.
How you guide your team – 
  • You clearly advise employees of their strengths and weaknesses
  • You listen to your team’s needs
  • Reprimanding employees in front of their peers embarrasses them and compromises your integrity; instead, do this privately and keep your cool.
  • Celebrate success! Don’t just say it – show it!
Only 35% of Americans would prefer a pay raise over a better boss.
31% say their bosses make them feel under appreciated and unmotivated.
About 1 in 3 U.S. workers want to leave their jobs.

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The rest of the snippet is marketing for the online MBA program. But the statistics are worth a read.

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