The secret to being a great manager

Over the years, I’ve taken on a lot of leadership and managerial roles. Although I learned a lot from my mistakes while practicing leadership (and there were a ton of them), I learned the most about how to be a fantastic manager while being an employee. When you hold the other end of the stick, all of a sudden everything the manager says to you matters quite a bit, and can strongly affect you and the quality of your work.

Many people go through management training. They learn all of the little things that go into motivating workers and delegating efficiently. There is a foundation all of these “best practices” build upon – and that is the secret I introduce to you in the video.

We are all managers in life, including of the people around us. Even though in the video I talk from the perspective of a company manager, keep in mind that this is more of a universal secret for successfully collaborating with anyone in your life. Managing others is often harder than working with them side-by-side is because of the added sensitivity that an employee-manager relationship comes along with. It’s only natural – the manager basically holds the employee’s future at this particular company in her hands.


Do you agree? What do you think are important skills to being a great manager?

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  1. LOVE this post, Laur! I honestly think going back and forth between managerial roles to “lower level” employee roles really helped me learn to be a better leader (make sense?). I often think leaders/managers need to be able to step back into one of their employees roles to really understand their challenges and needs. The best managers don’t work OVER, they work WITH 😉

    • Absolutely, Kacie! It’s so important for managers to put themselves in their employees’ shoes. As it is for anyone, I believe. It’s just that the relationship between employee and manager is more delicate than most. Thanks for your insight!

    • Yes, Kacie! I absolutely agree. It’s always important to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Btw I took a look at your new website and I love it!

  2. I can’t see how anyone can treat employees any other way to be honest though, having been an employee I know it happens 🙂

    • I think many people don’t realize how much they take their own issues out on their employees, just as they don’t realize it with their spouse or their children. I don’t think they feel very good in their managerial position when they don’t treat their employees with respect. But that’s how vicious cycles are born.

  3. Great Post and yes I have been to this journey and understand it well and I truly believe teamwork works and the energy you put out is what you get back. So the choice is ours.

  4. This was amazing! Luckily, I have a great boss who is this way, and in turn, I try to be this same way as well to my associate – but I do see the negativity and disrespect that goes around the company I work for. This is a really great tool that gets to the heart of how to be a good manager. Thanks!

  5. So true – no matter what everyone deserves respect. I think both as a boos in the pasy and employee i have been blessed- now I just need to apply that to myself as my own boss LOL

  6. Couldn’t agree more with the importance of respect. Unfortunately, it’s not a given. Beyond that, key to being a great manager is to understand that people are motivated by different things.

  7. Hi Laura,
    I really enjoyed your bog. It takes a special person to be a great manager. It can be a challenge to keep your friends and go up the latter at the same time. However, it can be done with team work.

  8. Anonymous says:

    How do I develop more energy. I know some people who just accomplish so much in a day. And changing my diet isn’t an option. If anything I need to lose A little weight.

  9. Daniel Pickford says:

    Hey Laura, you’re quite right in this post / video. I went through this transition myself, from employee to manager of a small company, to eventually managing 2 small companies under the same franchise, and the only way I managed that, was by earning the respect of the team and therefor them respecting me. We’d listen to each other (really listen), take each others ideas on board, and we eventually developed a very flat “management” structure, which was an achievement given I was managing 2 dental practices (and those lovely dentists do have a small tendency to feel, oh, just a little above everyone else) 😉
    Cool blog and great post.

    P.S. I LOVE your little moment at 3.00 – 3.04 (that was super cute!!!)

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