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How to spot a good manager

Posted on: March 1st, 2017 by Staffan Engstrom

“First class people hire first class people; second class people hire third class people” – Manfred Kets de Vries

Never was there a truer maxim to describe the art of good management. The key measure of a good manager is the calibre of the people that they hire – who they promote, who they retain, and who they replace. In my experience, this is usually because a weaker manager wants someone that they can control, whereas a strong manager wants the best person possible to deliver the task at hand.

So which are you?

The table below is my ready reckoner for telling how strong you are in the art of good management, and how you can be better. Just go through the rows as honestly as you can and ask yourself: Where am I now, really?

Then do it again to determine the two or three areas where you will aim do better in future. If you manage people who manage other people, apply it to them also.

Every manager and every management team can do better. The success of the enterprise relies so much on how effectively the tasks of management are delegated and undertaken, including how the right tasks are allocated to the right people. A number of my clients have asked me to take a good look at the key people in the business, working out how to support and develop them for the most effective management of the business.

The attached paper describes the approach that I use for this process – the Management Team Assessment.