Harvard Business Review/Gallup: 5 Things that Make a Great Manager
Gallup states that 82% of the time companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the job. Bad managers cost businesses billions of dollars each year, and having too many of them can bring down a company. The only defense against this massive problem is a good offense, because when companies get these decisions wrong, nothing fixes it. Businesses that get it right, however, and hire managers based on talent will thrive and gain a significant competitive advantage.
If great managers seem scarce, it’s because the talent required to be one is rare. Gallup finds that great managers have the following talents:
- They motivate every single employee to take action and engage them with a compelling mission and vision.
- They have the assertiveness to drive outcomes and the ability to overcome adversity and resistance.
- They create a culture of clear accountability.
- They build relationships that create trust, open dialogue, and full transparency.
- They make decisions that are based on productivity, not politics.
Sadly we see less of these types of managers and more that follow The Sociopathic Business Model™. Companies will soon see good talent leaving across industry as a result of not hiring great managers. A good manager isn’t threatened by their employee’s talent but rather help develop their talents for the greater good of the team.