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What qualities do you feel make a manager successful?

1 of 30 Tough Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on July 29th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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A great manager is someone to who people want to emulate. An active manager will have exceptional interpersonal, and relationship building skills. Talk to the interviewer about some of the qualities that you admire, and value, in a leader.

If you are applying for a management position, discuss the best management qualities that you hold. It's a great idea to draw some ideas from the company's job description as that document will have many useful keywords you can bring into the conversation.

Some great management qualities are:

- Accountable
- Invested in Culture
- Positive Mindset
- Perceptive
- Approachable
- Empathetic
- Honest
- Patient
- Decisive

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"Most importantly, I think a successful manager should have great people skills. People are your most valuable asset and your ability to work with, get along with and inspire people to work well with you is critical to your success as a manager."

Answer example

"I read in your job description for this role that you are looking for a manager who is collaborative and energetic. I agree that these are must-have qualities for a manager to be successful. I certainly identify with these qualities. Some qualities that make me a successful manager are my strong listening and analytical skills, and my decisiveness when it comes to decision making."

Answer example

"I think the most successful manager is someone who is firm but nurturing. I like a manager who is like a coach, always working to make me better and willing to teach me something, but firm and direct when needed."

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"In my experience, a manager is only as successful as their investment in their people is strong. A manager must care for their employees, and make sure they are growing to meet expectations. A successful manager will communicate expectations, hold people accountable for achievable goals and be the shining light that gets everyone fired up to do their best at all times. That means not taking favorites, and leading by example at all times."

Answer example

"I believe the best type of manager leads by example at all times. They are approachable, hardworking, and fair. Also, they don't just talk the talk without walking the walk. It is irksome when a leader says that we need to put in the long hours but leaves earlier than everyone else, for instance."

Answer example

"I believe it's essential that a leader identifies talent and nurtures it. I've seen far too many Principals and District leads choose favorites and let more talented folks go by the wayside, which is a shame for everyone involved. A leader needs to be enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and always ready to roll up his or her sleeves and tackle even the smallest of projects to help out the team. "

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
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First written on: 06/29/2018
Last modified on: 07/29/2018

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What qualities do you feel make a manager successful?
A person who can put himself in his employees shoes. A person who actually knows the job inside rather than looking at it from a view above. A person who will let you know what youre doing wrong from the beginning.
If she manage well the company that even there's a circumstances ahead. She handle it proffesionally.
Leadership, Self-Respect And a nice attitude.
Good leader, good listener,
Empathy, wililngness to provide feedback.
Deal well with ambiguity, empower people and communicate clearly.
He has knowldge together mechurity in maneger.
The willingness & confidence to delegate.
Vision, leadership and trust.
I feel like they should always be nice and approachable. That coworkers should be able to talk to them and if they ever are in any situation or need help they can go to.
Resilence, commitment, updations.
Motivates, knowledgeable, approachable, leadership qualities.
Detail-oriented, easy-going, yet very driven and motivated.
Detailed, specific hard worker, ready to make research.
Patience and knowledge, value others words in a team, treatment for growth as a team.
Fairness and good comunication.
Motivational leader and leads by example.
A successful manager should have good teaching abilities and knowledge of process and order of operations of machines.
Good listening skills, and ability to communicate properly, must be reasonable and understanding.
Reliability and trust. A manager should always be there for their team and not let them down when they need them.
Communication, motivator, leadership.
Great motivater knowledge of products solid intervieeing skills.
Compassion, empathy, good work ethic, good time management skills, able to handle criticism as well as give criticism, good communication skills, and respectful.
Good listener. Happy to step up to the front line when needed, firm but fair, positive attitude, tuned in to people around them.
If he is my boss, he does not have to show me any redeeming quality. I do.
A thorough understanding of the business, the ability to delegate appropriately, and customer focus.
I feel a succesful manager needs to ensure his employees are at thier best and handle situations with care.
Willing to get his hands dirty if needed but also knows where to draw the line between manager/employee.
They should run a tight ship and communicate well with their employees.
A successful manager should always be aware of what's going on and they should be caring and understanding towards their fellow coworkers.
One that is fair with his workers.
Leadership compassion helpful.
Effective communication, motivation, respect company values, should be bold and risk taker, not only should celebrate succes it is importamt to take failures on shoulders,
Work ethic and a positive attitude while disciplining people who are not punctual.
Empathetic, approachable and dynamic.
Should be helpful and have a positive attitude.
A successful manager should listen to employee's ideas and complaints; willing to learn new things and admits his or her mistakes.
To understand the employee's potential and use them for orgnaization in more effective way within the organization frame.
Good listener and commucator.
The ability to balance positive and negative feedback. Employees need to know what they have to improve, but they also need to be recognized for when they are going above and beyond their expected duties. Especially in a unionized environment, I think this gets lost sometimes.
They should be a good listener and be well organized in all situations.
A sign of a successful manager is one that promotes a positive, safe, professional environment that is eager to contribute to your success.
To be a clear communicator and tolerant, accept different perspectives and utilize employees strengths.
I feel a successful manager should lead by example. I believe they should be supportive and knowledgeable, and allow for their employees to explore their work without unnessecary interference. They should estentially be the backbone, the support system.
Have clear vision and goal that can communicate to his/her team. Be responsible and good coach.
A manager should always be respectful to his/her cow-workers.
Good communication. Ability to teach and willing to share quality ways to do a task. Someone that has Good attitude.
A successful manager should have a strong work ethic and be willing to learn more about the jobs in his company and how to teach others best practices.
Leadership, Change catalyst, Empathy, Consciousnesses, Self awareness ,
Successful managers should Lead by example.
Listening skills, responsive, understanding, solution-oriented, role model.
Understanding, objective, a strong ability to problem solve, experience.
An effective and efficient one.
I think they should be understanding, patient, honest, energetic, outgoing, and friendly.
A manager should have the ability to correct staff and be taken seriously yet be aproachable and understanding that staff are able to come to them with issues or concerns.
Non-bias judgement, no favoritism. Able to be cool under pressure, and keep others cool as well. A great multi-tasker and leader.
Someone who is taken seriously respected and able to get on well with people.
A successful manager should have the positive leadership spirit - win-win characteristics. Should know not only to scold when anything go wrong; at the same time should encourage when it is per his requirements.
To communite well, to handle criticism posivetly, to lead by example, to be strict but firm to be respectful and be apreciated of everything.
Integrity, leadership, patience, lead by example.
Be open to suggestions and not do everything by yourself. Make workers feel free to talk to you about anything that way there'll be flexibility in the office.
Ability to multi-task, communicate, ability to solve problems and team leader.
Good organization & time management.
He should be capable of managing his subordinates and he should have leadership quality and good behaviourals to workers or team members.
They should be a team leader and have a great positive mental attitude. They should also be someone each employee could come to with a problem if they were ever faced with one.
A successful manager is able to lead a team, lead by example, provide clear and precise detail and set achievable measurable goals.
Honest, open, kind, understanding, approachable and trustworthy.
Empathy, time management, multi tasking.
A successful manager should have communication skills ability to work as a team, respect for others and leadership skill.
A successful manager is available to answer questions as needed and provides training when necessary. They establish roles and responsibilities, and it is up to the subordinate to ensure those assignments are completed on deadline but never letting quality go by the wayside.
Someone who is willing to help you and mentor you. Offer advice when needed, recognize strengths and help with weaknesses.
Clear, concise, quick thinking, good leader - willing to listen and teach.
I feel one should be very self confident energetic and passionate about their work, have strong leadership, motivational skills, and be able to communicate effectively.
Good communication skills.
Treat his fellow mates good and allow him to come up with ideas and stay friendly.
Listener problem solver honest and somebody who cares.
Organized, leadership, time management.
Kindness, discernment, people skills.
They should be a leader, hard working, friendly, and reliable.
To be able to communicate and listen to his employees.
Ability to listen, observe, communicate and motivating the people who work under him.
Patience and the ability to motivate others.
-the ability to listen to others; admits his/her mistakes; encourage his/her team; care for the team; work with the team not demand the team.
Understanding, motivating, creative, good leadership skills.
Take input, weigh possibilities, make a decision, evaluate that decision.
The qualities I feel a successful manager should have is being a good leader and teacher.
If he is my boss, he does not have to show me any redeeming quality. I do.
Good communication, expertise in area, great inter-personal skills.
Patience, leadership, respect, and passion.
A calm, authoritative attitude yet respectful.
The ability to inspire, honesty, and passion for his work.
Cheerful outgoing honest and responsible.
Excellent communication skills. Fairness, confidential and cares about the job you're doing.
Personality, is always a big one to be a good manager you should be able to connect with your employees.
A successful manager should be able to listen well, answer questions and provide training when necessary.
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