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Five Signs You’re Working For A Truly Great Manager

Source | Forbes : By Jacob Morgan

The role of management has changed quite a bit over the past few years. Few people realize it, but the role of management was originally created to maintain the status quo and enforce rules and protocols. Managers were supposed to push employees and extract everything they could from them. Management never cared about engagement, empowerment, or anything related to employee experience. Health and wellness? Dogs in the office? Flexible work? Give me a break! These are all relatively novel concepts. Thankfully we live in a new world and the workplace has dramatically changed. The role of the manager is not what it used to be. I’m fortunate to be able to speak with hundreds of truly great managers every year and I’ve noticed some common trends emerge. So how can you tell if you are working for this new breed of truly great manager? Well, a truly great managers does five things:

Acts Like A Coach

Coaches and mentors are powerful instruments of change. Coaches help us all the time in our personal lives whether it be on the soccer field, in the gym, or in a therapy session. Why shouldn’t we have a coach in the workplace? And who better to be that coach than your manager? Truly great managers (and I’m not necessarily talking about senior executives) encourage and empower their employees to accomplish their goals the same way a trainer would. These managers see beyond their official job description to have a genuine and vested interest in the success of their people. These coaches believe in lifting up employees, removing obstacles from their paths, and helping them become more successful than they are

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