6. Has a clear strategy for the team
A manager with a clear vision and strategy for the team, and also communicates the strategy to the team, helps provide direction and focus. With focus, one is able to identify impactful projects and prioritize those. 7. Able to walk the talk
How many times have we heard this? This points towards how people perceive words vs actions from their leaders and managers. This has also become a social norm whereby people expect that there are no double standards.8. Accountability
Leaders must be able to take ownership of goals and objectives. This arises from the leader’s ability to manage oneself. This is one of the more important traits to have in a manager as this behavior encourages one to take responsibility for one’s own actions. 9. Flexibility
Being flexible does not mean that one gives in to frequent changes. It means beings able to overcome challenges and being able to adapt to changing environments or situations. It is about the willingness and openness to new ideas to achieve goals. 10. Has key and relevant technical skills to guide the team
This trait was mentioned in the Google research
, under Project Oxygen. This may depend on one’s function. Relevant technical skills such as roles in engineering, research and even digital marketing are often required for problem solving. In this case for Google engineers, it is important but pales in comparison to other traits. A digital team for instance would have a team of people who are skilled in various areas, from account servicing, data scientists, media planners and creatives. A manager managing a diverse-skilled team may not have the technical skills for each specific area, but would need to understand how the different skillsets come together and ideally how the strategy and plan should look like. There are so many other good traits which include, showing appreciation, being inspiring, having a sense of humor and being knowledgeable, among others. Some of these traits are not only what makes a good manager, but they are good traits to develop for every individual.