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Exceptional leaders are more likely to pass on credit for success to their employees, and to accept blame for company or
work team failures. By modeling accountability and responsibility, you increase the likelihood that your employees
follow suit and accept their role in the company or work group's shortcomings. When you pass credit onto employees,
you improve morale, show yourself as a team-oriented leader, and earn the trust and faith of those that you lead.


A sense of fairness is ingrained in the personality of a superior manager. It is hard to create a unified, highly productive
workplace if you play favorites. Having a firm, but fair and honest, approach to leadership and decision-making means
your employees will find your actions and reactions predictable. This makes your decisions less likely to cause
frustration, resentment, and anger. Similarly, a manager should balance the company's need for production and results
with the interests and passions of his workers.


It's completely normal for changes to occur when a company is growing — heck you hope for it! But if your boss doesn't
know how to adapt, then they could prevent you from growing as well. "Being a manager requires working with a lot of
different personalities. A good manager will be able to flex their style to adapt to their employee's needs. I recommend
managers have each employee create a 'Guide to Working With Me' that lists all of their preferences. This could include
things like their hot buttons, how to motivate them, and how they like to receive praise. The manager can also complete
the guide and then facilitate a discussion among the team about each person's style. From there it's up to the manager
to take into account each person's style in order to help them achieve the best results," says Sowadski.


Employees need to feel like they can depend on their boss, especially when it comes to keeping their word. But it's kind
of hard to expect that when you're constantly running around like a chicken with your head cut off, trying to find your
boss. "Managers need to be viewed as likable, respectable, and trustworthy by their team. Strong leaders show their
direct reports that they’re willing to go to bat for them," says Salemi.

While managers do need to complete their own tasks, it's also their responsibility to develop and manage their staff. But
whether you're trying to become a better manager yourself or currently work under a supervisor, these are some of the
best personality traits any manager should have.

There are some managers that simply motivate you from the moment they step in a room while others simply cannot
get employees to work for them at their peak potential. The real problem stands in the fact that the effective manager
does need to have some traits. Failure to have them will leave to failure for the entire company.

The successful business manger needs skills and talent. The managerial skills can easily be developed as time passes
through experience, mentoring, and training. However, when referring to natural talent, this is definitely something that
cannot be obtained. Productive companies will always invest a lot of money in developing and identifying the truly
effective managers. If this is the type of job that you are after, you should know that the following traits are necessary:

1. Leadership

This is one crucial attribute that so many managers actually lack these days. Most companies will promote those
employees that have great individual results. The problem is that a really good salesperson will rarely be a really good
manager. The true leader will always be able to inspire trust, delegate responsibility and provide direction. We cannot
have a leader without the manager being able to perfectly perform these three tasks.

While leadership skills can be gained in time, the natively talented manager will actually be able to gain all that he needs
to be a true leader in a short period of time. That is something that is a lot more important than what many believe at

It is not enough to show that you appreciate your employees. Building Relationships It was said many times in the past and it is a shame to see that there are still managers that do not understand how important networking is. Adaptability Business rarely goes exactly as you initially envisioned it. Every single successful business manager out there is a leader that takes the team he manages and makes it work better. faster and more effectively. That is especially true today since the influence of the internet is obvious. Those employees that feel they are valued will always be more effective and will put in the extra effort that can bring in better results at the end of the day. You cannot actually have one without the other. 6.the moment. Fix them as soon as possible and your team members will see that you put the effort to change. . The manager that never develops is basically bound to eventually lag behind as he cannot adapt to the market. That is something that helps everyone love working under the guidance of the specific team leader. If the manager can adapt to the circumstances that are unexpected. That can lead to so many different problems in the future. the entire team remains at the same level. You need to properly highlight what you want from them so that everything would go smooth. The successful manager has the ability to adapt. 5. Any financial blog on the internet will tell you that an effective manager will make sure that the employee improves and that he becomes better at the job that is done. Such a chain reaction can have a devastating effect on the profit of any company. Constant Development The effective manager is the one that know the problems that he has and constantly works on solving them. When referring to building a relationship with the employee. 2. the entire team will be led towards more success in the future. That manager that manages to continue growing will eventually learn how to use the above mentioned natural talents in order to make the team work great and even encourage that the employees do the same thing. understand and then relate the vision of the organization to the employees so that productivity is maintained. This and adaptability go hand in hand. their strong points and weak points. Try to improve as much as possible with every single project that you do and always be truthful to you about the flaws that you have. The effective manager has to be able to properly decipher. Developing other people basically involves cultivating talents and then motivating them to channel gained talents towards increasing productivity. it is really important that the manager manages to showcase empathy and trust in the ability of the team. This also means that a successful manager has the necessary creative thinking to find a new solution to any problem that may appear. If communicators are ineffective. Career development is a huge part of career success in this job and in any other job. 3. the employees will not actually understand what the manager tells them. The manager needs to establish really good relationships with potential clients and employees. This is something that makes him/her really effective at the job. Developing Other People You cannot have employees that remain still when referring to the skills that they have. You need to develop in order to be able to lead employees. 4. The entire team would end up feeling bad since efficiency would be low. Make sure that you know as much as possible about the employees. If you remain at the same level. Communication It is very important for the manager to have really strong communication skills.

show you have faith in their ability and encourage them. Being in charge of a group of people involves more than just ‘being a good leader’ or ‘getting on well with others. Patient: Making rash decisions can quickly get you into hot water as a manager. You must present a strong ethos and ensure that information flows freely through the ranks of your team. 8 Personality Traits of a Successful Manager Rational: Much of this job is about logical problem solving. Having confidence can grow with experience and knowledge. 4. Communicative: 90% of a manager’s job is communication. Personality and characteristic traits are also important factors. Driven: It takes loads of motivation and clear-sighted ambition to excel in this role. 1. If your own work is failing or you are missing your own deadlines how can you expect anyone else to respect you and keep to their own targets? You want to be the person that cares. You need to be confident in your skills and your decisions. check out our previous blog post on: How do you handle work place stress? 5. Visionary: To truly succeed. 2. If stress is a major factor in your work. Everyone has their own method of organising from Excel Spreadsheets to Mobile Apps. Be optimistic about another employee’s work. There is this belief that you can simply learn this in college. That is. Dependability – You need to be someone your subordinates and your superior can count on. 3. Perceptive: It takes a sharp eye for social dynamics and marketplace developments to be great at this work. In this post. . You need to be sure that you constantly grow. It’s ok to have doubt. As a manager you want to install confidence in your superiors and your team.Organisation – Managerial positions can really test a person’s organisation skills. but cannot let them ruin your outlook. deadlines and targets. Candid: Be frank and straightforward in your dealings with customers and coworkers alike. Optimism – It is important to think to the future and have a positive attitude towards staff and work. employees. The more experience you have and the more skills you learn the more confident you will be in your own decision making. most likely.Conclusions It is so much harder to be an effective manager than what most people believe. in born personality traits. Know what works best for you. Many of the really successful managers from around the world did not have formal training. KennedyPearce discuses 6 personality traits that make a great manager. It’s vital to keep on top of all projects. Confidence – Confidence without seeming cocky is the key here.’ If a member of staff is having problems or is unhappy in their work situation the fault can often come down to poor management. Not only will this help drive and inspire your staff it will also make working under you a more positive environment. This will inspire others as well as earn you respect. What’s more is that these traits aren’t just natural. this helps you put things into perspective. This is definitely not the case. you must always have one eye to the future. But first you need to be aware of them. Negative thinking multiplies in the workplace. Positive: You will face many challenges.Calmness – When the pressure is on are you going to crack? As a manager with so many people looking up to you it’s important to not get stressed and break down when the going gets tough. who gives the extra push to get the job done well. The ability to remain calm and do what needs to be done is essential in a good manager. It is possible to develop these qualities. but when crunch time comes you need to make decisions and have confidence in them. the most important thing that you need.

it is essential for human survival. This is why strong written communication skills with good grammar are required when writing memos. not only for your boss and co-workers. be it business. emails and formal business letters and proposals. Creative thinking can include a sudden epiphany." says Zander. Dependable Dependability in the workplace is an easily recognizable trait. it is human business. to create a successful career and business. You need to be able to build good relationships with customers and staff if you want to be a great manager so good communication skills are imperative. "Teaching is about opening new possibilities. successful business people.6. and you will find plenty of resources that list and analyze the personality traits of effective." says the Dali Lama. consider the eight points below. in collaboration with highly paid photographers and makeup artists." Compassion expressed by a manager or co-worker creates a dynamic in the workplace where people feel valued for who they are. Creative Some of our country's most lauded leaders in business. understand this." The level of enthusiasm Zander brings to teaching and conducting neutralizes insecurity and fear. he shared the following with students in a commencement speech: "Your time is limited. Solid verbal communication skills are essential when conducting meetings. clients and customers. "It is essential for our own peace and mental stability. After Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Public relations teams. not for what they produce in terms of quotas or profits. expressing ideas and conference calls. Spend just a few minutes searching the Internet or the shelves of your local bookstore or library. so don't waste it living . and science are creative individuals. and navigating those wrong turns should be considered an inevitable and crucial part of doing business." Enthusiastic The enthusiasm you bring to your work is contagious and stimulates opportunities for growth and positive change. Motivated Self-motivation is key to being effective in any environment. and Huffington Post Media co-founder Arianna Huffington are three successful business leaders who understand the value of creativity in business. That statement may sound like a platitude. Compassionate The etymology of the word "compassion" goes back to the Latin words "com" meaning "with" and "pati" meaning "to suffer. work hard to present well-known and wealthy business leaders to the world as larger-than-life figures possessing knowledge and skills beyond the grasp of the common man. Communication Skills – A manager needs to be able to communicate with a range of people from superiors. "Compassion is not religious business. Dependability points to your personal integrity. Lack of compassion creates a tense environment. or an idea borne out of improvisation. such as conductor and teacher Benjamin Zander. creative. self-motivated men and women seem to burn with an inner fire fueled by their passion for whatever it is they truly love to do. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. Great leaders. if you find yourself a part of the workforce after high school or college. and are wondering what traits you might nurture and cultivate. With creativity comes mistakes. which translates to respect. following through with assigned tasks. subordinates. Meanwhile. Love them or hate them. an answer after an extended period of work. Being flexible with regard to your role at work and intuiting what your boss may or may not require of you day to day are also indications of your dependability. traits that create inertia in individuals as well as business. Being dependable in business includes showing up to work on time. where team members feel alienated from one another instead of connected. technology. but successful. and not abusing sick or vacation days. but for yourself as well. or spiritual. on Planet Earth. within yourself or among your employees. "Opening up new ways of thinking.

To that point. Selewach said. but also a plan to get there. and in turn bring what you learn back to your job. and keep your business from taking on too much. Expressing confidence is not only helpful to you but to those you work with. maybe most importantly. recognize what is good about yourself. and start all over again. Remember a certain monkey named George and his friend the man in the yellow hat the next time you're feeling uninspired or stagnant. Confident Confidence in your interactions with co-workers. "If you live each day of your life as if it's your last." The next time you experience failure. so they look for a candidate who is not afraid to pull the trigger.someone else's life." he said. what value you bring to the table in any situation. But being confident doesn't mean being brusque. just pick yourself up. she said." Regarding self-motivation. companies need people who are willing to come out of their roles and do whatever is necessary. compassion. clients. but thrive in it. "A small business needs people who can not only tolerate chaos. but sometimes. curiosity can inspire creativity and." Donald Trump has said. or bullying. two traits we've already listed. said Ron Selewach. 3. noted that a more cautious employee acts as a counterbalance to risk-takers. who may be seeking inspiration and guidance. "They are risk-averse. The aforementioned Steve Jobs was fired from the very company he helped create. Being curious is a way of acknowledging that you don't know everything and recognize that models and innovations outside of your "sphere of influence" might provide you with knowledge you can apply to your field. A multitasker Employees are rarely hired to perform a single function." she said. It’s critical to demonstrate that you have not only a vision for the future. 4. Business leaders can't be involved in every minor decision. and express it. A decider People who can use their own judgment and take decisive action are valuable to any company. "Sheer persistence is the difference between success and failure. CEO and founder of Sevenstep Recruiting. Jobs joked. A strategist Career psychologist Eileen Sharaga said that every business needs a strategic thinker. be it business or otherwise. Especially in a small business setting. obnoxious. The ability to recover from failure The ability to recover from failure is a trait you find in successful people in all fields." Curious Effective people in business are curious. founder and CEO of talent acquisition software company Human Resource Management Center Inc. 5. 1. You may be inspired to explore a subject you know nothing about. Henry Ford famously said. some day you will most certainly be right. dust yourself off. The ability to act and take responsibility for the outcome is essential for anyone hoping to move into a management or leadership position. A cautious person Beth Gilfeather. Instead. "Failure is just a resting place. Hiring managers want someone who can identify long-term goals. 2. including business. It is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently. you need people to provide stability and fairness. and managers will help prevent unfair and inaccurate judgments regarding your skills and personality. An independent thinker .

it will be apparent. whether with a team of other employees." . What matters most to employers is that the person they hire embodies those values in their everyday lives." 7. without question. self-reflective and collaborative environment." How to highlight your personality Personality traits are difficult to demonstrate on a resume. but ultimately. play-hard. "Sharing stories that demonstrate how you performed during an experience is extremely important to help get across your personality traits. The ability to work pleasantly and effectively with others is a key part of nearly any job. she said. provide a concrete instance of when you worked on a team to accomplish a goal. a group of clients or occasional outside contractors. former president and COO of weight loss program Medifast. The most important thing to remember when walking into an interview is that it is completely two-sided – you're interviewing us as much as we are interviewing you. These people may be good for an ego boost. leaders need team members who will challenge the status quo if it's better for the business. If you're not. "I want people who will … not be afraid to stand up for what they think is the right thing for the company. but all of us share those core motivations.. and each is founded on different core values. Instead. "Our culture is founded upon a work-hard. they have to find a way to support their teams in a unified approach." said Peppercorn. but they all look for the elusive cultural fit." said Meg Sheetz. humble. so it's essential to highlight them during the interview. adding that simply stating you're a team player. Every company's culture is slightly different. A cultural fit Individual employers may value different traits. "I also look for people who understand that they will not necessarily agree with every decision that the company may make.Some employees go along with everything the boss says." 6." said Max Yoder. Sheetz noted that strategic storytelling can get your personality across to a hiring manager.. Yoder said the best way to express your personality is to simply be yourself. A team player Most jobs require some kind of collaboration. isn't enough for most hiring managers. "If you're a great fit. it will also be apparent." she said. CEO of online training software company Lessonly. "Different roles obviously call for different specifics. "[Discuss] how you handled yourself in a crisis." Haefner agreed. or how you showed up as a leader during a positive or negative time. "Employers value candidates who are flexible enough to get along well with a variety of personalities and work styles. "Examples of accomplishments working on a team should be part of every job-hunter's interview repertoire. for instance. but .