8 qualities a good boss should have

leadership consulting

What constitutes a good manager in detail is subjective. We all have different views on how the ideal boss should be. Also, different companies and organizations have different needs. And yet in their core characteristics and abilities, good managers are usually similar. In the following, we have summarized these into 8 indispensable leadership qualities.

1. Conducting talent

Delegating tasks to employees or entire departments is one of the most important skills a manager should develop. It is well known that the quality of the output decreases with the increasing number of tasks that have to be mastered in everyday working life. It is therefore important both for one’s own stress level and for the quality of one’s work to give up tasks as a manager. Do you have a good team? Then show your trust in your employees and hand over responsibility.

2. Communication skills

Without clarity in language, humans are known to be just garden gnomes, Element of Crime have already explained this to us. And for a boss this is all the more true. Tasks must be communicated clearly and precisely. And the vision that everyone in the company is working towards together also needs to be brought to life both linguistically and emotionally. A leader inspires his team, can sweep it along and drives it to peak performance.

3. Honesty

Employees are the face of a company and they reflect the behaviour of their leaders. It is therefore up to you whether you create a culture of trust in which honest and ethical behaviour is desired and encouraged and in which your employees know that they can rely on you in times of crisis. Be clear in your expectations and act accordingly yourself.

4. Self-confidence

In times of uncertainty or failure, managers should not fall into panic and blind actionism. In these times it is particularly important to radiate stability and to continue to motivate your employees. Keep the focus, because a headless boss is no help to anyone.

5. Commitment

You expect maximum performance from your employees? That’s good, but it’s even better if you place this expectation first and foremost on yourself. Because nothing is more motivating than a boss who shows with great commitment how the team can conquer the world together.

6. A positive attitude

In phases with increased stress levels, the working atmosphere often suffers first. A positive boss has a cushioning effect here and manages not to let the mood change and to maintain motivation and productivity. If your team is happy to see you in the morning, you have certainly done nothing wrong.

7. Creativity

Being creative as a leader involves being able to make quick decisions. But it also means taking the time to review and evaluate all the important alternatives. Some decisions are more difficult than others and sometimes you have to deviate from the norm. This is exactly where you as a manager need and show your creativity.

8. Motivational talent

Working towards a common goal, sharing a vision, is important for employee motivation. But this motivation and enthusiasm also needs to be rewarded. Show appreciation for good performance and thank your employees for their efforts.

Published by Dave John

Decade of work experience in leadership consulting with strong focus on talent acquisition & assessment across different industries and geographies.

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