All it takes to be a good manger is practice and zeal to communicate effectively with his/her team members and peer-groups. The managers are responsible to ensure that the employees are learning, growing, and at the same time, enjoying their work. There are number of factors setting apart a good manager from a bad one.
A good manger will always listen to his/ her team members, while a bad manager is more busy talking and never listens. Communication is the single most crucial skill for a manager. It is not possible to be a leader without being able to communicate the vision properly. This skill-set also helps in motivating the team members. Moreover, it is not possible to communicate with the employees without knowing them, or rather listening to them.
A good manager is both a team player and a leader, whereas bad managers prefer to hide while the team is working. Working as a team player allows you to motivate people to peak performance and as a leader, you can provide them direction. Being both a leader and a team player will help you in boosting employees’ motivation, which in turn, will help the team to achieve the organizational goals. What really sets apart a good manager is his/ her ability to lead the team while working as a team player.
Good managers give due credits, bad ones take all. Bad managers usually believe that they played the key role in achieving a business goal. However, they fail to realize that no team can perform well or reach its goal without the active participation of the team members. A manager may frame the road map or guide them; but the employees play the key role in execution of the plan.
Good managers hire real talents, while bad managers prefer “yes” people. Motivating people alone is not enough to achieve success at work. You need a group of people who are best at doing the task to accomplish the business objectives. A good manager is never afraid of hiring people who are better than they are at doing the work. In contrast, a bad manager opts for people who make them look better.
Good managers schedule downtime, as bad ones burn out the team. A good manager will always schedule the downtime so that the team does not burn out. They are better at managing time, helping the team to enhance their performance. Bad managers, on the other hand, burn out the people and are likely to replace the team members thinking they were losers.
Good managers make workplace harmonious and fun, while a bad manager eliminates fun from work. For the bad managers having fun while working is a taboo. Work, for them, is strict business. Good managers, in contrast, know how to make work fun, which in turn, improve employees’ motivation and engagement with the organization.
Some other traits of a good manager include their keenness to promote on merit and ability, while bad managers are usually biased. The prefer playing favorites, while good managers will never tolerate or encourage in fighting. In times of crisis, a good manager will deliver the bad news in person. Similarly, they are the bearer of good news and congratulate the team personally for their hard work. Bad managers hardly deliver good news and always depend on emails to deliver the bad ones.