Embraces Vulnerability

Similar to the above, truly great managers embrace their own weaknesses. They don’t put on the facade of being the all-knowing and all-powerful “manager.” Truly great managers want to know your story but embracing vulnerability is about them sharing their story and who they are. All too often we hear stories and witness our managers act one way outside of work and then transform into a completely different type of person in the workplace, almost a robot. Well, people don’t want to work for a robot, they want to work for a human being and there is nothing more human than being able to embrace vulnerability.

Challenges Convention

Most concepts, ideas, and approaches in our organizations have been around for many decades. Our world has changed so much in the past few years yet our organizations are still stuck in a time warp. I like to say that we live in 2016 but work in 1975. Truly great managers understand that sometimes starting fires is more valuable and important than trying to put them out. These are the managers who not only ask, “Why are things done this way?” but they also embrace experimentation and challenging the status quo to come up with something better. Whether it be getting rid of the annual review, implementing a new workplace practice, introducing a new technology, or redesigning a workplace, truly great managers believe in going against the grain!

Do you have something you would add to this list? Do you have any examples of managers who have exhibited one of the above? Let me know what you think below!

Jacob Morgan is a keynote speaker, author and futurist. For more, subscribe to his newsletter or visit TheFutureOrganization.