As your business grows, there’s no greater investment than the time and effort you put into cultivating a team of winning managers. Get this part right, and you’re on the way to building a high-performance workforce.

Our team of HR professionals put together this very insightful article to help you develop great managers.

The Qualities of Great Managers and How to Develop Them

  • Great bosses don’t happen by accident. They need the right kind of training and insights to develop.
  • Bad management practices are contagious, but good ones can be also.
  • Managing managers is its own kind of leadership, but we’ve got tips to help.

Think about your favorite manager. Now think about what made them your favorite. Try to think about, for you, what make up the qualities of great managers. Was it the success you earned while working with them? Your employer may have evaluated them based on metrics like team productivity or turnover rates. Great managers are usually good at leading productive, low-turnover teams, but those aren’t the things their employees remember.

So what about them left such an indelible mark on you? Perhaps this manager was easily approachable and worthy of your trust. Maybe they effectively led your team through a major change and had your back the whole way. Perhaps they were always laser-focused on developing their team—on developing you.

In our view, the success of a manager is defined by the success of the people they lead. We rate a manager’s performance based largely on how their team is doing. That’s what helps define the qualities of great managers.

Bad Management Practices Are Rampant, But That Can Change

Unfortunately, the terrible manager remains a popular character in our collective consciousness—and for a good reason. There’s no shortage of managers unwisely promoted into the role or given insufficient training to manage people well.

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If you aren’t quite ready to build your management team, start thinking ahead.

  • Decide how you want your business to look a year or years from now. Define the culture you would like to develop.
  • With that culture in mind, look for management potential when you fill non-management positions.
  • Get to know your existing employees. Find those with the right qualifications and character traits, and start developing them now. This will improve your chances of building a great team and increase their loyalty.

One of the most valuable services available at SmartPayroll Solutions is our cloud-based learning management system that includes training courses for management and staff. And our Premium Payroll clients already have access! If you would like to learn more, contact us right away!