A truly great manager

By Jacob Morgan via forbes.com   Article

Five Signs You’re Working For A Truly Great Manager

“Few people realize it, but the role of management was originally created to maintain the status quo and enforce rules and protocols. Managers were supposed to push employees and extract everything they could from them. Management never cared about engagement, empowerment, or anything related to employee experience. Health and wellness? Dogs in the office? Flexible work? Give me a break! These are all relatively novel concepts. … The role of the manager is not what it used to be. I’m fortunate to be able to speak with hundreds of truly great managers every year and I’ve noticed some common trends emerge. So how can you tell if you are working for this new breed of truly great manager? Well, a truly great managers does five things:

Acts Like A Coach

… Truly great managers (and I’m not necessarily talking about senior executives) encourage and empower their employees to accomplish their goals the same way a trainer would. …

Understands Your Weaknesses But Focuses On Your Strengths

… Truly great managers understand the strengths of their employees and they do what they can to make those strengths shine. We see this all the time in sports teams. … every athlete is placed in a position where they can be most successful. …

Wants To Know Your Story

…Truly great managers want to know your story, they want to get to know you as a person not as simply someone who is filling a role on a team. …

Embraces Vulnerability

… truly great managers embrace their own weaknesses. They don’t put on the facade of being the all knowing and all powerful ‘manager.’ Truly great managers want to know your story but embracing vulnerability is about them sharing their story and who they are. …

Challenges Convention

… Truly great managers understand that sometimes starting fires is more valuable and important than trying to put them out.”

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