8 Habits of Highly Effective Managers


1. Be a good coach

* Provide specific, constructive feedback, balancing negative and positive
* Have regular one-on-ones, presenting solutions to problems tailored to the employee’s strengths

2. Empower your team and don’t micro-manage

* Balance giving freedom to your employees while still being available for advice
* Make “stretch” assignments to help them tackle big problems

3.  Express interest in employees’ success and well-being

* Get to know your employees as people, with lives outside of work
* Make new folks feel welcome, help ease the transition

4.  Be productive and results-oriented

* Focus on what you want the team to achieve and how employees can help achieve it
* Help the team prioritize work, and make decisions to remove roadblocks

5.  Be a good communicator and listen to your team

Communication is two-way: Both listen and share
* Hold all-hands meetings and be specific about the team’s goals
* Encourage open dialogue and listen to the questions and concerns of your employees

6.  Help your employees with career development

7.  Have a clear vision and strategy for the team

* Even amid turmoil, keep the team focused on goals and strategy
* Involve the team in setting and evolving the team’s vision, goals, and progress

8.  Have key technical skills, so you can help advise the team

* Roll up sleeves and work side-by-side with team, when needed
* Understand the specific challenges of the work



1.  Have trouble making transition to team leader

* Fantastic individual performers are often promoted to manager without the necessary skills to lead
* People hired from outside often don’t understand the specific ways of the company

2.  Lack a consistent approach to performance management and career development

* Doesn’t help employees understand what company wants
* Doesn’t coach employees on how they can develop and stretch
* Not proactive: Waits for the employees to come to them

3.  Spend too little time on managing and communicating

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