What Makes a Good Manager?

Kate Smoliakova
2 min readJan 23, 2024

Am I a good manager? I want to believe I am

I enjoy being helpful, bringing ideas and inspiration to my team, observing their growth, and thinking that I might have influenced this great change a bit

Below, I have highlighted 6 directions which I believe make me a good manager

However, I am eager to know if you agree with my understanding of what makes a good manager and whether a manager should indeed be a "good one" for the team.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

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1. Simplify Tasks

Break down complex tasks into manageable parts, allocating focus and resources accordingly. This approach transforms complex work into simpler tasks, reducing stress by making overwhelming challenges realistic and achievable

2. Enhance Confidence

Provide timely, authentic appreciation, and balanced constructive feedback to significantly boost confidence. Acknowledging small victories and offering constructive perspectives aids in building self-assurance in one’s abilities

3. Offer Mentorship

Share your experiences and lessons learned in the field. Mentorship plays a crucial role, especially in areas that present challenges requiring strategic thinking and problem-solving

4. Manage Challenges Effectively

Transform challenges into learning opportunities. They assist in navigating difficult moments, strengthening resilience by guiding you to find solutions and strategies for dealing with challenges

5. Foster a Supportive Environment

Create a respectful and communicative workspace. This should be a place where everyone feels free to share insights, innovate, and collaborate effectively with others

6. Build a Community

Cultivate a sense of belonging among employees, fostering a teamwork-based atmosphere characterized by mutual respect. Employees should feel united, contributing to the development of effective workplace teams

Good managers empower individuals, cultivate a positive working culture, and provide guidance across career paths and in improving the quality of day-to-day work life

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Kate Smoliakova

Product Manager | Write about my experience as manager and writer, ADHD and my interests as running, travelling, art and food