What Makes A Manager Stand Out

Being an effective manager can be a tough call at times.  Despite this I am sure we all can identify at least one of our managers who really stood out.  So what are some of things that make a manager stand out?

Genuinely Interested In Others

The very first manager I had in my career was a great example of someone who had a genuine interest in others.  He went out of his way to support, encourage and train those just starting out in their career.  Nothing was too much trouble in terms of helping someone else who was motivated to improve and be successful.

Allow You To Make Mistakes And Learn

You can read about mistakes, see others make them and there is nothing to beat learning first hand what happens and how it feels when things don’t quite go to plan.  Good managers understand that making mistakes is just part and parcel of your growth and development.

Delegate To Develop

It can be really tempting to hold on to all the best stuff or that you like doing.  Good managers understand the opportunity that delegation brings for them in terms of focus and for others to acquire new skills, experience and knowledge.

A Sense of Humour

Yes everyone is under a lot of pressure these days to hit deadlines, targets, milestones and to improve.  Often a bit of light hearted fun and humour can go a long way to reducing pressure during busy and demanding times.


Sometimes as you climb the career ladder it is all too easy to lose sight of what life is like at the bottom.  Staying connected to people at all levels means you are much better at seeing things through their eyes and from their perspective.

Acknowledge Regularly

We might not do it consciously but often it is easy to forget just how much effort people are actually making to deliver results.  A simple well done, good effort or thank you can go a long way towards keeping people motivated and engaged.

The Bottom Line:  There is nothing magical about standing out as a manager.  Sometimes it is just the really simple things that make a huge difference.

Duncan Brodie helps accountants, health and other professionals to successfully make the transition to neing highly successful managers.  He invites you to check out his management mastery e-course

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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