Here’s a checklist of traits you can use the next time you need to find the perfect person for a managerial position:
- Adaptability — A stubborn manager will cause all sorts of problems, especially as the workforce includes more and more twenty-somethings who have different values from their predecessors.
- Problem-solving skills — In some ways, a wealth of technical experience is less important than an ability to learn on the fly and handle all the new and unexpected problems supervisors face.
- Ability to listen — Recruiters know to look for managers who can communicate. But it’s just as important for managers to seek out communication from employees, respond to criticism and gather input from subordinates.
- People skills — This one’s a no-brainer, but many companies still don’t give people skills enough weight. It’s well established that employees don’t quit companies, they quit bosses — and workers are more motivated when they respect the person they’re working for.
- Self-confidence — You want to hire managers with strong people skills, but you’ll also want to make sure they trust themselves and their decisions.