What Are the Secrets to Being an Amazing Manager?

Being a manager isn’t easy — especially when you’re confronted with tight resources and tough decisions. And being a manager is different from being a leader, right?

  • Leaders cast an inspiring vision and empower people at an organizational level to achieve it.
  • Managers are really the front-line supervisors responsible for ensuring the goals are executed on a day-to-day basis by talented teams.

It turns out that there are some secret ingredients — some common traits — that make some managers stand out from the rest. And we’d like to share those secrets with you.

On September 20 at 12p Noon ET, GovLoop and Young Government Leaders (YGL) have invited Tom Fox, Vice President for Leadership and Innovation at the Partnership for Public Service and Federal Coach columnist for the Washington Post, to reveal “3 Secrets to Being an Amazing Manager.”

“3 Secrets to Being an Amazing Manager”

In this FREE online training, Tom will reveal three key secrets for rising up to the challenge of leadership based on:

  • Findings from research on the characteristics that Service to America Medal (“Sammies”) award winners have in common.
  • Insights from interviews with leaders that have been featured on the Federal Coach columns.
  • First-hand knowledge from Tom Fox himself and how he rose up the ranks of public service.

GovLoop and YGL are excited to share this great topic with you and to learn some new tips and tricks on being an amazing manager! This is definitely one not to miss…

In the meantime, we’d like to hear your thoughts:

What do you think are the secrets to being an amazing manager?

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Jen Zingalie

Being lead and working towards this goal I see it as a real balance between being fair but also establishing structure. It can be one of the toughest spots because it isn’t neccessarily the place to build friendships–but that doesn’t mean being stoic and cold.

Mark Hammer

1) KNOW what the organization needs.

2) Surround yourself with great hires, based on what the organization needs.

3) Clarify the objectives for staff, and divide up the work sensibly.

4) Give staff the resources, informational and other (tools, office design, training, etc.), they need to get the job done.

5) Touch base with them occasionally to make sure everything is on track and 1, 3, and 4 are accurate.

6) Get the hell out of the way.

Pretty simple if you ask me.

Angelo Serra

I have to certainly agree with Mark! The one I would add is – Make sure the staff understand the mission and what they are doing to support it.

Mark Hammer

Thanks Angelo. And you’re right. “Objectives” was too narrow a word to use. “Mission” is more in line with what I was thinking. It,s not just the individual tasks that have to be clear. It’s how they fit in to the bigger picture that will allow them to be carried out optimally, and allow staff to interact with each other in optimal ways that anticipate their joint effort.

Laurie Shannon-Bailey

Amazing managers consistently coach &/or mentor their employees. They give their employees

generous doses of positive feedback and specific guidance on opportunities for improvement.