Who is a manager and what makes a good manager?

A man stand and tell about what makes a good manager

To be able to understand, comprehend, and communicate without any filters

Inputs by: Abhinay Kumar Singh, Founder, and Managing Director, Adgcraft

A reliable mentor, An effective Communicator, A visionary

These are just a few, among many other traits and characteristics that describe a manager. In any organization, a manager’s role is crucial. They are marketers,  planners, coordinators, and producers. The best managers recognize that their responsibility is to focus on their team’s success and the overall growth of the company.  They put in a lot of effort to improve the skills listed above, and they take pride in their team members’ achievements. They also serve to bridge the gap between the senior management team and the rest of the organization’s personnel.

The manager’s rapport with his or her team is essential to good management. The approach in which managers work with people is what distinguishes the ordinary from the good and the extraordinary.

A good manager’s fundamental responsibility is to establish these relationships for the benefit and growth of the organization so that the tasks and goals planned are performed with enthusiasm, effectively, promptly, and with the energy to do more. As a result, an individual, as well as the team and the organization as a whole, grows.

What is it that sets managers apart from others in the organization?

They pave the way

A manager is someone who builds a team and works with them as a team player. They not only show the way and pave the way, but they also walk alongside their team and participate in the journey. A manager doesn’t just set goals but demonstrates how it is done and sets an example for his or her team. An exceptional leader, a manager lays down their expectations of their team and also discusses others’ to be on the same page and understand the personal goals of each and every one. 

They build a team, they build trust

Any beginning of a relationship, i.e., personal or professional, begins with trust and clear communication. Two of the most important pillars of rapport. Discussing true expectations and setting goals helps both the manager and the team evaluate their progress and growth. This comes with building trust and not making fake promises or unrealistic expectations.

Understanding each other’s circumstances 

An honest manager is someone who puts themselves in others’ shoes before judging and passing comments. They understand the circumstances and ensure a safe space and environment by giving and respecting personal space. The ability to comprehend others allows the team to understand how people would feel in a given setting and what they are going through, providing a sense of comfort and warmth while they are away.

Looking out for each other 

Backing you up. One of the core qualities a good manager should possess is the ability to assure their team that they can rely on their manager. A manager’s role in an organization places them in a unique position, one where they are able to make decisions for an entire team. Here, a good manager will be mindful of the needs of the team while making decisions. This will give your teammates the confidence to trust you and they will be able to communicate their needs better. Having the backs of your teammates will help their corporate better and there will be better coordination among your team.

Appreciate, persuade and encourage 

Validation and approval are things that each and every person seeks. Appreciating and encouraging one’s team increases productivity and efficiency. It allows people to know that their efforts have not gone unnoticed or in vain. It acts as an inspiration and motivates them to achieve their future goals. Along with this, it enhances their skills and capabilities, pushing them beyond their comfort zone while allowing them to grow and succeed. In this process, having faith in the team and believing in the process acts as a bonus.

You should practice self-awareness as the pack leader. Be aware of your actions and the message they send to your coworkers. There are many moving aspects to successful team management, and it necessitates constant self-reflection and development. Every day, learn something new to help you become the best leader you can be. Effective leaders understand that managing others does not imply that they are experts in everything. Managers should continue to learn and grow in tandem with their teams. For both managers and their teams, every day is a new opportunity to learn and evolve.