From Forbes Magazine 09 Sept 13 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz 5/14
The wide Variety of Management Style.
Excellent managers come in all shapes & sizes. They can be loud or quiet, extroverted or introverted, Type A or calm. Their management style can be as unique as their personalities. But while elements of personal style may vary, there are absolutes one can point to, about management substance. Accordingly, here are five (5) things the “best” Managers do – and five (5) that the “worst” Managers shouldn’t do.
On the Positive (+) side, the best Managers:
+1. Keep the BiG Picture in mind.
They have a sound strategic mindset. They know their company’s business well, and ensure that the activities of their unit, function or department or division are always firmly aligned with broader initiatives (Goals) and strategies [Vision] of the organization.
+2. Are “consistent” in their Behavior.
People like & need predictability. You never mind working for someone who was tough, so long as he or she was “consistently” tough. Thus, you knew what to expect and count on, in terms of behavior & expectations. Problems arise for employees when a manager is erratic – for Example, lenient & upbeat one day, and controlling & harsh the next.
+3. Treat their ‘employees’ Time, as if it’s as important as their own.
The best managers earn respect by being every bit as prompt, with their own employees as they are – for example – with their own boss. It shows you value your employees as individuals – a feeling that in all likelihood will be mutual.
+4. Are “un-afraid” to question their own Management style. . . . In a thoughtful, respectful way, of course. As one colleague I used to work with put it: “If you’re just paying me to say what you want to hear – and not for my own opinions – then you’re paying me too much.” I’m not advocating bad tempered, difficult behavior – just independent, “honest” thoughts when needed.
[ +5. Earn the trust of those they manage. On the Negative (-) side, the worst Managers: -1. Become “intoxicated” by their Power, -2. Play Favorites, -3. Are Impulsive – not thoughtful – of the “consequences” of their Decisions, -4. Avoid Conflict, rather then make the “tough” Decisions, -5. Feel Threatened by the “abilities” of their employees, in Premium Content ]