Management traits – some do’s and don’ts

September 15, 2016 — Leave a comment

Dev Randhawa discusses management traits.

It’s clear that managers play a key role in the lives of their employees at work and influence employee’s perceptions of their place of work.

Concurrently, an article published in the Huffington Post has outlined some of the best and worst management traits, looks at employee motivation and the creation of a ‘business culture of agility’. I’ve decided to react and summarise accordingly.

Worst offenders

Collage of management-associated words. Dev Randhawa discusses management traits.

Some management traits can be damaging, others empowering.

The article’s author outlines three profiles for managers that have a negative effect on employee wellbeing, and therefore company performance or ‘agility’.

The first offender outlined is the ‘guilt tripper’, a manager that takes it upon themselves to keep employees who are thinking of leaving through passive-aggressive methods, such as inducing guilt through ‘what if’ questions (what if you leave? What will we do?).

The third offender outlined, the ‘confidence killer’ – is a manager who acts in a polar manner to the ‘guilt tripper’, by making employees believe that they can’t perform their jobs without them. Both of these managers are highly toxic in their own right, but it’s interesting to compare the two poor management styles which are just as damaging as each other.

Good performers

Like the profiles for poor managers, three positive manager’s profiles are listed in the article. This includes ‘the developer’ – a manager that focuses on the growth of employees, even if employees surpass the skillset of the manager in time. This trait isn’t easy to maintain, as it requires a rather intense level of focus on employees – there may be a large number for managers to look after!

Other good profiles include the ‘enabler’, who allows employees to move on when they realise the time has come.

All in all, a good quality piece that highlights some noteworthy traits that managers should definitely pay attention to, as well as some poor traits that they should do their best to avoid.

About Dev Randhawa

Dev Randhawa is the CEO of Fission Uranium Corp. and an expert in natural resource exploration. He is also an active blogger on leadership, team-building and the uranium industry.

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