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January 5, 2015

Why Being A Nice Manager Makes Sense

The old saying, nice guys—and gals—finish last isn’t true—at least when it comes to being a nice manager.

Being nice doesn’t mean being a pushover; it means that you communicate and manage with consideration for each team member and treat each person as an individual. Nice managers cultivate a positive work environment that contributes to a motivated, positively productive staff. shutterstock_114119455

Nice managers never blindside an employee. Always set performance standards and communicate your expectations to each employee. By setting specific goals with deadlines and metrics, you empower your team to achieve and exceed your expectations. Learn the strengths, weaknesses, and skillsets of your employees and assign them tasks that communicate your commitment to their success.

Whether employees meet, exceed, or fail to meet their goals, it is critical to provide immediate coaching and feedback that focuses on their work, not on who they are as people. Meet privately, so you can speak confidentially and without distractions.

If an employee needs to improve, provide specific direction and have the employee commit to making improvements by a deadline. Always follow up. See my blog post Discussing Problem Behaviors for Improved Performance for more information. On the other hand, make successful employees feel valued and appreciated by offering rewards and recognition for a job well done.

Being nice takes work! It requires you to proactively lead your team, support them, and help them shine! It involves teaching other people how to do their jobs effectively by giving them tools to grow and advance and helping them become successful in their careers.

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