According to Gallup’s State of the Manager Report for 2015, a mere “35% of U.S. managers are engaged.” As a result, only 30% of employees are engaged. And, that’s definitely a problem.
The fact that employee engagement is detrimentally low is absolutely reflective of the engagement of management. Managers are responsible for the leadership of their teams and assessing and perfecting productivity based on employee performance. Gallup asserts that 1 of 10 managers are naturally inclined to be competent managers. So, what makes a great manager according to Gallup?
- • motivate their employees to be highly engaged
- • base decisions on productivity
- • focus on accountability
- • possess assertiveness, drive, and “the ability to overcome adversity and resistance”
- • are relationship builders who establish open lines of communications, trust, and honesty
We tend to agree. The most engaged managers are those who possess empathy for others, passion for their work, and solid communication skills. But, not all managers can fall into the 1 out of 10 who are naturally inclined to be great managers and not all those who possess the aptitude to be great managers are in managerial roles. But, have no fear. While not all managers are naturally “good managers” according to Gallup’s standards, the traits of a good manager can be practiced and honed to improve the skills of current managers.