Google Finds Out 10 Traits That Efficient Managers Have

Managers play a pivotal role in shaping an organization’s culture. Google is an excellent example. It did an internal research and identified characteristics found common among all its great project managers. In this article at The Muse, Stav Ziv reveals the ten traits that helped the search giant become one of the largest technology companies in the world.

The 10 Traits

People leave high-paying jobs because of bad work environment. It is the job of managers to provide a healthy work environment where employees can realize their full potential and align with organizational goals.

Great Mentorship

Avery Augustine, a Muse contributor, opines that managers should monitor the growth of all their team members, including the high-value performers. They should provide constructive feedback to encourage underdogs as well as challenge high-value performers with new areas. Without regular monitoring, even the star employees cannot acquire new skills.

Team Empowerment

Providing constructive feedback does not mean ignoring team members’ viewpoints. Managers that exercise a good equilibrium of control and freedom in the team find themselves gaining more trust in return.

Diverse but Inclusive Culture

It is good to have diversity in your project. While teaming up employees of different nationalities, faith, and religion is good, it is important to build up an inclusive environment where all can express their opinions freely.

A Role Model

Employees follow their leaders. If leaders want their teams to come early to work, they should come early too. Employees need managers that inspire them by showcasing superior skills and morale.

Avid Listeners and Great Communicators

When managers take time to listen to the pain points of their team members, issues are resolved faster. Also, communicating clearly what is expected minimizes the risk of scope creep.

Interest in Employee’s Career Growth

Managers should be interested in your career growth and encourage you to take on more responsibilities. Setting up clear goals also help channelize you in the right direction.

Aligning with Company Objectives

Having unclear perceptions about your company’s objectives behind taking the current project will make you feel directionless. It is best that managers also share company objectives with team members to instill a sense of ownership in them.

In-Depth Knowledge

Laszlo Bock, vice president of People Operations at Google, confirmed that employees trust managers who have superior knowledge in their field of work. Though people management comes foremost for managers, having an in-depth knowledge helps them to earn respect from employees more.

Coordination Skills

Whether managers are a part of an MNC or a startup, they need to have a good rapport with other teams so that they can mitigate any conflict or coordinate a joint effort without much fuss.

Valid Decision-Making

It is necessary for a leader to help team come out with a solution when in a dilemma. They should also inform the team about the logic behind such conclusions so that both parties are on the same page.

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