When considering management positions, you want someone who’s a good leader. We’ve all dealt with people in management or leadership roles who exemplified both sides of the coin, the best and the worst of leadership. So how do you identify a true leader to be promoted to manager?

● They lead by example.

Nobody wants to follow a leader who acts as if he’s above his subordinates or plays the card that the rules don’t apply to him. A real leader acts with authority but has something behind it, meaning he’s earned his position because he’s worked hard and knows the company well, as well as how to get things done. The leader who holds himself to the same high standards as those he’s leading demonstrates that he understands it takes effort from everyone to get the job done well.

● They communicate well.

Not only does a true leader communicate clearly to her staff, she also makes a point to listen to those around her. Her team never has to guess what she means or wants because she’s effectively shared her intentions and ideas. And she’s smart enough to recognize hers is not the only voice; she may be the manager, but she’s still part of the team, and everyone has something to contribute. She’s seen as in charge but approachable.

● They hold themselves accountable for getting things done.

The real leader recognizes that a successful team only works as well as the person leading it. If something goes wrong or doesn’t come through, he looks at what he could have done differently to motivate or stay on top of employees to make sure all deadlines were met, t’s crossed, and i’s dotted. He doesn’t pass the buck by saying the employees didn’t work hard enough–and if that is the case for some individuals, he does what’s necessary to make sure those few people don’t negatively affect the team next time.

● They delegate effectively.

This involves a leader knowing each person’s strengths and allowing them to utilize them effectively. Once each person has a task, she then trusts them to do what they do best. Employees respond well to that sort of leadership, producing even better work. And delegating appropriately allows the leader to focus on tasks she needs to do herself rather than occupying herself by micromanaging everyone else.

The best managers know how to conduct themselves as true leaders, which makes them truly effective. For help in hiring your next manager, visit PrideStaff.

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