Recent research cited by Forbes® reminds us, “people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers.” The survey found one in three people currently work under a manager or boss who is less than stellar; 42 percent left past jobs to leave a bad boss.
Employees often have several reasons for leaving a job because of their leaders. A lack of recognition and being overburdened with work top the list. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Bosses have room to improve and reasons to do so. The majority of employees say a good relationship with their boss motivates them; one in three rank a good manager as more important than job satisfaction. For more on becoming a good manager, keep reading as we explore several common traits of good leaders.
• Enthusiasm: A good manager has enthusiasm. They are passionate about what they do, who they work with and what they are trying to accomplish. Their fervor is contagious and can quickly span a department or office.
• Vision: Not only do good bosses have vision; they share it with their team. They establish worthwhile goals, set priorities and communicate about progress (and failure) “effectively and often.”
• Appreciation: A good manager frequently recognizes the contributions of team members. Doing so can have a ripple effect. Employees have an increased sense that their employer cares about them—even when it is someone else being rewarded or recognized. A “year of service award,” such as a keepsake box or a holiday gift such as a logo’d ornament accompanied by a handwritten greeting can go a long way in saying thanks.
• Awareness: Great bosses are aware of individual employees’ strengths and they use those skill sets to best tap employee knowledge, passion and more. Forbes likens it to a game of chess where each employee has unique roles, abilities and limitations. Best utilizing employees’ talents is an effective means to get the job done, and it increases job satisfaction—after all, people like doing what they’re good at. Discover employee strengths with an exercise like StrengthsFinder 2.0®. Or conduct a survey to uncover employee likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. Encourage participation with a small thank you for completion—a bobble head pen or pop up planter make nice choices.
• Personable: Last, good bosses are personable, warm and easy to approach. They are empathetic towards others’ emotions and unafraid to express their own. They relate to their staff as a “person first, and boss second.” And they openly address their mistakes so that others may learn from them.
A good manager makes for a great team—one that feels satisfied in their job, recognized for their strengths and appreciated for all they contribute.
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