Do You Have What it Takes to be a Great Manager?

by Steve Milner, June 29, 2018

Not everyone is cut out for a manager position and you don’t become a great one over night. Far too often individuals are promoted because they have been there the longest or were the oldest, when in fact none of these things are reason enough to consider. A good manager requires a specific skill set that will bring out the best from your crew. So, do you have what it takes?


  • You must engage your team. Being heavily involved with your people at each and every level allows you to interconnect so you can easily provide both positive and negative criticism.
  • You might as well call yourself ‘Coach’. Great leaders really make the effort to encourage people to recognize what goals they want to achieve and aid them in doing so.
  • Good managers understand the importance of relationship building. They know they have to do the work by building trust and rapport with your employees.
  • Effective managers have to be able to have the difficult conversations. While this is unavoidable, it doesn’t have to be a totally unpleasant experience. They remain calm and level headed while being firm and fair. They try to be a friend when appropriate, and a boss when needed.
  • You have to be organized. The importance of having a consistent and controlled system is not lost on a good manager.
  • They know that fundamentally, a profit has to be made. Each and every effort is for the growth of the business. Managers are responsible for monitoring and managing the productivity of each employee.