The Qualities Of A Good Manager

You never really understood what was hidden behind the label “manager”? Have you ever been told that having a project and a team is good, but that without a good manager everything would fall apart? You will soon have to manage a team and do not really know what awaits you? Today we go back to the basics of management: what are its components? What is he up against? What qualities are needed to be a good manager?

 The Essential Components Of Management

Basically, management is not just a “theory”, although one can theorize about it. Management is first and foremost an activity. This activity consists of:

  • Step 1: Set achievable goals.
  • Step 2: Motivate people to achieve these goals.
  • Step 3: Effectively organize and coordinate their activities to achieve these goals, monitoring the results.
  • Step 4: Carefully manage all other resources needed to achieve these goals.
  • Step 5: React and adapt to unforeseen events and significant changes in one’s environment.

If you’re looking to do this series of things, whether it’s launching a mobile app development start-up, digging and exploiting a new oil well for a multinational corporation, or throwing a birthday party for your kids , you are managing.

A Science Of The Unpredictable Human Nature

Management is often taught in universities and schools as a science. It certainly requires a scientific understanding to properly manage raw materials, logistics, regulatory and legal environments, the determination and coordination of the different roles and gestures in an automobile factory or in a call center. However, management is also an art, insofar as the individual must practice its practice, become familiar with the many types of situations that can be encountered and constantly adjust its action to the specificities of each case that arises. present. Moreover, the variety and unpredictability of the circumstances that surround the manager increases exponentially by the fact that we are obliged to manage, not only resources and processes, but also human beings. In short, at each stage, we are confronted with human nature. Ah yes, human nature, so unpredictable, so frustrating, so rational at times, so irrational at others, so docile one day, so rebellious the next…

Whether in business, in an NGO or in public administration, one can have a formidable plan, very precise notions of the resources to be implemented, a precise knowledge of the needs and the stakes of the situation, but his whole project may fail because of the “human factor”.

Let’s imagine a technician with a lot of stripes but without too much experience of responsibility and command. When he is promoted to head of his division, we can say that his new situation is doubly worrying: he has lost his best technician and he has acquired a bad head. It is, of course, in both cases, about him! To be a good manager, you have to know how to influence people to do what you want or what is necessary for the project.

The Qualities Required To Be A Good Manager

For the manager to achieve his goals, confronted with human nature, what are the capacities he must master? In other words, what should a good manager possess? Here are the six fundamental human qualities that apply in all situations:

  1. Vision of reality : he has a good idea of ​​how things are happening and will happen.
  2. Authority : when he asks people to do something, they do it.
  3. Charisma : it inspires enthusiasm in people and makes them want to act.
  4. Empathy : He has enough emotional intelligence to understand others and almost read their thoughts and feelings.
  5. Clarity : he expresses his ideas clearly and persuasively, as a good communicator.
  6. Integrity : Leads by example and takes responsibility, even when things go wrong.

These qualities, natural and innate as they are to some extent to most of us, are always worth cultivating and perfecting.