HBR has a good write up based on a Gallup survey.
A Gallup survey identified five basic traits that make a good manager. Unfortunately it seems that only one person in 10 possesses them all, and companies fail to choose managers with the right talents 82% of the time
- 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
The conclude by saying:
For too long, companies have wasted time, energy, and resources hiring the wrong managers and then attempting to train them to be who they’re not. Nothing fixes the wrong pick.
I concur. Do you?
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