I haven’t had many managers throughout my career. But, the few that I’ve had have been great. And in becoming a manager myself I’ve invested in learning what a good manager is and does.
Good managers help you. They get to know you, build a relationship with you, establish trust, listen, and once all that is done help you.
Good managers don’t just delegate work to you or help you accomplish daily tasks. They help you with anything and everything. The invest in your professional and personal development so that you can learn, progress, and challenge yourself.
Good managers invest their time in you. They’re easy to approach and you can always get a hold of them. They’ll never make you feel rushed or like you’re wasting their time.
Good managers know what your goals are. They help you clarify, manage, and even change your goals based on what you want to achieve.
Good managers care about you. They will help you even if it means that their life will become difficult. They are your biggest cheerleaders and want the best for you. And if that means they’re helping you figure out what opportunity is next then so be it.
I’ve been lucky to have good managers at Shapeways with both Brad and Aly. They’ve helped me both personally and professionally in very different ways. They are good managers.
Having a good manager, and a great relationship with your manager is one of the most important things you can do for your career. If you don’t have a good manager I highly recommend you find a way to get a good manager. It can make all the difference.