Why You Should Seek to be a Great Manager

There are lots of reasons, but here’s a highly significant  — and counterintuitive — one from Marcus Buckingham’s First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently:

Our research yielded many discoveries, but the most powerful was this: Talented employees need great managers.

The talented employee may join a company because of its charismatic leaders, its generous benefits, and its world-class training programs, but how long that employee stays and how productive he is while he is there is determined by his relationship with his immediate supervisor.

  • http://www.squarepeggedness.wordpress.com Rachael Starke

    Reading this a bit ruefully. I’ve counseled others regularly that over sixty percent of a great job is who you work for.

    Now I find myself working for, well, a not-great manager, who herself reports up to some decidedly uncharismatic leaders, I’ve had zero training, and I barely know anything about the benefits (given that they weren’t high on my list because my husband’s job has great ones), but I’m not holding my breath that I’ll be surprised by their generosity.

    Yet I find myself wanting to be a great manager/leader because I see a lot of talented people around me who are either demoralized, in marital counseling, or looking desperately for another job. And that seems to me to be profoundly unjust.

    It’s like I’ve been reading this blog and it’s opening my eyes to all kinds of possibilities for doing good for others, to the glory of God, even in a “professional” context. :)