Your manager is the most important factor in your happiness at work.
Many individuals out there have some leadership skills – but finding one who has a combination of all skills is hard. According to research from Gallup, only 1 in 10 people possess the combination of all the skills required to be a great manager.
Here are 3 reasons why you should concentrate on finding a good manager rather than a good company.
1. Unless you’re very senior, having a good supervisor will impact you more than getting into a good company.
It goes without saying that if you’re in a junior position, however skilful or efficient you may be, your manager will have a huge impact on you, your work, and your career progression.
The person who you directly report to matters way more than the type of company you’re working in. Simply because he/she is your supervisor and you will have to cope with this person pretty much every single day of your time in that company. You know how it is – how many different types of personalities exist. Well, your manager is a human being, which means he or she will have traits that you will like and dislike. Pretty logical how humankind works…
For example, if your manager only focuses on work, chances are, your days and your work/life balance will be miserable and you will have no space for personal growth. Why would you benefit from something your manager doesn’t have himself/herself?
Now, obviously, we don’t choose our managers – but we may have an idea of what type of person they are during our first interview…
2. A good manager is someone who allows their associates to make mistakes
A good manager gives his/her employees freedom to make mistakes. We’re only human after all… How can you manage people if you don’t let them do mistakes? As an employee, how can you feel trusted and confident enough if failure isn’t tolerated?
As John Woodenonce said, “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.”
Truly great managers take risks – and they let their employees do so too. How can you get out of your comfort zone and succeed if you don’t make mistakes? We all learn from our mistakes. That’s how we grow. Don’t expect change or any form of evolution if you don’t make any!
To bear in mind: Good managers accept mistakes and good employees take accountability for their mistakes 🙂
3. A truly clever leader will give credit when it’s due
According to INC. 65 per cent of the workers reported receiving no recognition for good work in the past year. This statistic is alluring as recognition is key to employee morale.
When you report to someone who never gives you credit, chances are, you will start losing trust in yourself, in your workflow and in your skills. We need recognition to advance in our careers. Or else, how are you supposed to know if you’re on the right track?
It is also proven that people do more for those who appreciate them. This shouldn’t be too hard to understand.
Basically, your work happiness will hugely depend on your manager. If you don’t want to be reporting your work to someone, why not work hard to become one?