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5 Habits of Super-Likeable Managers

Team leader. Company boss. Teamwork. Concept 3D illustration Move over, Mr. Stephen Covey. We know all about your 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and we thank you for sharing your great insights with so many over the decades. But today, let’s shine the spotlight on some newer habits – here’s our take on 5 things we think make managers super-likeable to their employees.

  1. Flexibility. It doesn’t matter if your employees are married, single, older, younger, with or without kids. Everyone’s lives are moving at warp speed these days, and there’s tons to be done at the office and at home. Having a flexible workplace – when it comes to work hours, remote work options, etc. – helps employees attain that coveted work-life balance. And history shows it drives higher quality work and greater productivity out of the team.
  2. Empowerment. Putting the power in your employees’ hands lets them know you trust them and you value the work they do. Empowering employees boosts their confidence and makes them feel more like they’re part of the team. Great things can happen when employees are empowered.
  3. Openness. Managers who are open to new ideas and perspectives are appreciated more by their employees. And leaders who are open to direct, honest feedback will create a company culture that embraces two-way communication and holds no secrets. That’s always a good thing.
  4. Empathy. Empathetic managers have a better human connection with their employees. They listen to and understand their needs and feelings – even if they don’t align with their own. At the end of the day, employees are happier because they know their manager “gets it”.
  5. Gratitude. Who doesn’t like to be recognized for doing something great? A simple handshake, a personal thank-you email, or a team appreciation lunch can go a long way in making your employees feel important and valued.

What are some other traits of super-likeable managers? Share them with us in the Comments below.