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.
o Can identify real or perceived problems, gather data and determine action.
o Follows-up decisions.
o Ownership in work by giving clear expectations and delegating authority.
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.
o Delegates what should be done, reasons for it, and authority.
- Develops talent.
o Manages individual development by providing coaching, feedback and reinforcement.
o Establishes systems that encourage employees to evaluate their own performance.
o Seeks and builds upon ideas of others.
o Guides individuals toward goal achievement.
o Builds trust by communicating in a non-threatening manner.
o Considers pros and cons of each course of action.
o Makes effective decisions.
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 Identifies concerns and works to achieve collaboration whenever possible.
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.
o Communicates a clear vision of desired outcomes and organizational values.
o Gains commitment.