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# What are the qualities of a good manager?

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28 Sep 2007, 23:20
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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28 Sep 2007, 23:49

- 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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30 Sep 2007, 19:16
kryzak wrote:

- 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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30 Sep 2007, 20:20
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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02 Oct 2007, 02:22
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:

Quote:
Managers focus on systems, leaders focus on people
Managers do things right, leaders do the right things
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 emulate the classic good soldier, leaders are their own person

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

Nick

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02 Oct 2007, 22:54
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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