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Secrets To Hiring The Best Managers

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” Yet, what inspires a person to move from being a good leader to a great leader? How can you find top caliber management for your enterprise? Here are some considerations.


Why Do Managers Become Great?

Best-selling author Scott Berkun posits there are ten reasons good managers become great:

  • They enjoy helping others grow in their roles, their confidence and their satisfaction.
  • They love creating positive team and office environments.
  • They want to correct mistakes inflicted on them by paying it forward.
  • They feel well-cared-for and, as a result, care deeply about the team’s well-being.
  • They have a succession mentality and want to pass on their philosophies.
  • They understand that short-term sacrifices to see long-term rewards.
  • They practice the “golden rule” of treating others how they would like to be treated.
  • They are self-aware of their strengths, weaknesses and are open to feedback.
  • They appreciate a healthy tone of debate and criticism that incorporates feedback.
  • They are not cowards, but choose their battles wisely if it’s truly worth their time.


What Questions Should You Ask Prospective Managers?

  • What brings you here today?
  • How would your best friend describe you?
  • What would you say are your two greatest weaknesses?
  • How do you alleviate stress?
  • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  • What type of work environment do you prefer?
  • How do you deal with conflict?
  • What tools or habits do you use to stay organized?
  • Tell me about a time you had to go over and beyond to get the job done.
  • What was a major obstacle you overcame this past year?
  • In what ways do you raise the bar for yourself and others?
  • Tell me about two memorable projects – one success, one failure. To what do you attribute the success or failure?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?


Common Traits of the Most Successful Managers

Great leaders have a vision. They can paint a picture with words and build consensus for their ideas. They convey passion that is infectious. Yet, great leaders are not just great thinkers – but great doers as well. They know how to accept responsibility for themselves and others, and they understand how to set processes in place that ensure projects get done. They know how to recognize natural talents, skills, abilities and inclinations in others to build effective teams. They have integrity and character that others admire and wish to emulate.


How To Foster A Great Corporate Culture

Hiring the best managers is the first step of the equation, but you must clearly communicate what you want and expect from them. You must create a corporate culture that is positive and empowering. There are two most important values to convey to all employees, regardless of rank: 1) That you are there to listen to their feedback, ideas for improvement and proposed solutions, and 2) That hard-work and excellent performance is rewarded. These values should be reinforced through regular meetings, training sessions, seminars, workshops, company events, distributed literature, and one-on-one performance reviews. From this starting point, a productive and positive culture can thrive.  


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