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What are the qualities of a good manager?

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What are the qualities of a good manager? [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2007, 22:20
The qualities of a leader are discussed here - http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/t52855.

But what should be the qualities of a good manager? Any suggestions?
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2007, 22:49
similar things to a leader:

- good delegation skills
- empowering those who work for you
- great organizational, scheduling, and planning skills
- interpersonal skills (for evaluations, bad news, and things like that)
- ability to build a team and relationships
- being able to separate the important tasks from the noise

Just a few I can think of off the top of my head.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2007, 18:16
kryzak wrote:
similar things to a leader:

- empowering those who work for you.


Having the ability to properly empower could be good, but empowering just because is not a one-size-fits-all solution. At times, empowering may not be the best solution.

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 [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2007, 19:20
lepium, you're right. But then again, taking anything to the extreme and saying it applies for ALL cases usually doesn't work. nick asked for qualities of a leader, I just listed ones that most books/schools/people would agree with.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 01:22
IMHO, empowering is most related to leadership rather than management.

Btw, I have come across this nice delineation between managers and leaders made by Warren Bennis in 1989:

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Managers administer, leaders innovate
Managers ask how and when, leaders ask what and why
Managers focus on systems, leaders focus on people
Managers do things right, leaders do the right things
Managers maintain, leaders develop
Managers rely on control, leaders inspire trust
Managers have a short-term perspective, leaders have a longer-term perspective
Managers accept the status-quo, leaders challenge the status-quo
Managers have an eye on the bottom line, leaders have an eye on the horizon
Managers imitate, leaders originate
Managers emulate the classic good soldier, leaders are their own person
Managers copy, leaders show originality


Hope that helps in pointing out right qualities of a good manager.

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 21:54
You could probably consider the qualities thought to be significant according to the Relational Leadership Model.

1. Empowering
2. Ethical
3. Process-Oriented
4. Inclusive
5. Purposeful
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