Wednesday, August 27, 2008


The following is a list of 15 attributes and behaviors leading companies want to see in job candidates for manager positions. This list was compiled from a review of advertisements for managerial positions posted by 12 Fortune 100 employers.

  • Analysis.
    o Can identify real or perceived problems, gather data and determine action.
    o Follows-up decisions.
  • Empowerment.
    o Ownership in work by giving clear expectations and delegating authority
  • Communication.
    o Communicates well verbally with clarity, and speaks well to individual or group.
    o Communicate in writing so that the reader clearly understands.
  • Continuous improvement and quality focus.
    o Involves others in pursuit of systematic improvement.
  • Delegation.
    o Delegates what should be done, reasons for it, and authority.
  • Develops talent.
    o Manages individual development by providing coaching, feedback and reinforcement.
  • Follows-up.
    o Establishes systems that encourage employees to evaluate their own performance.
    o Seeks and builds upon ideas of others.
  • Influence.
    o Guides individuals toward goal achievement.
    o Builds trust by communicating in a non-threatening manner.
  • Judgment.
    o Considers pros and cons of each course of action.
    o Makes effective decisions.
  • Leadership.
    o Prepares for and conducts meetings effectively.
    o Establishes measurable goals and objectives.
    o Plans effectively and sets priorities.
    o Makes best use of time.
    o Follows-up.
  • Negotiation.
    o Identifies concerns and works to achieve collaboration whenever possible.
  • Performance-oriented.
    o Establishes success criteria and reinforces performance goals.
    o Reviews and evaluates objectives on a regular basis.
  • Systemic awareness.
    o Understands a systems perspective – everything is connected.
  • Teamwork and collaboration.
    o Contributes to discussion and actively listens. Can disagree tactfully.
    o Shares credit for good ideas.
    o Resolves indifference, disagreement, and conflict.
  • Vision.
    o Communicates a clear vision of desired outcomes and organizational values.
    o Gains commitment.

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