Finding a good manager is a rarity. If you know one or are lucky enough to work for one, watch carefully to see these characteristics in their practice and character.
Here are a few characteristics of a good manager :
- Foster Good Relations – Being able to handle a multitude of people and personalities is at the crux of being a good project manager. A strong project manager knows when to bite his tongue, give feedback and when to treat everyone to pizzas.
- Inspire – Be sure to lead by example. When you work in a certain way, it motivates those around you to perform at the same level.
- Anticipate Needs – It is the project managers responsibility to make sure people have what they need to bring out the best in them. Nip possible issues in the bud.
- Be Driven – Quality results require quality input. A good project manager does what it takes to ensure that things are done, done well and done on time.
- Anticipate Problems – Think in 3s. 3 steps, 3 days, 3 weeks into the future and foresee problems that might turn up and then avoid or divert them.
- Minimise Meetings – Devote more time to “doing” and less time to “talking about doing”. Trust that your team is capable and do not micromanage.
- Delegate Firmly – Being a good delegator required you to be aware of those around you and so give the right task to the right person. Test people’s strengths and allow them to grow by taking action.
- Goes with the Plan – Good project managers know that planning is required for everything and even if the plan isn’t followed precisely, it is still important to have something to fall back on.
- Focus on Solutions – Being solutions oriented requires that you do not waste time playing the blame game but actually solving the problems at hand. Be positive and get things done.
- Don’t complain – Use positive language to deal with tough situations and try to move forward at all times. Take the past as a lesson that will improve future outcomes.