Traits of a Good Manager

What makes a good manager? This week at Catalyst we’ve been unpicking the theme of management, discussing what makes a good manager and thinking about the common traits of some of the best managers we’ve had the pleasure of coaching and mentoring. Here’s what we found. Top Traits of a Good Manager Management text books and self-help guides regularly quote the common denominators of communication skills, the ability to make decisions and being able to think quickly under pressure. These are all important, but they aren’t the critical elements that transform a good manager into a great one. What makes a manager stand out from the crowd are the traits that take them from being someone who manages to someone who leads. Becoming a leader A good manager makes sure the daily operations of the business run smoothly. A great manager has the traits of a leader. Forbes has interesting insight into the major differences between a manager and a leader. These differences include being unique rather than following the herd, taking calculated risks, and always thinking long-term. [...]