Beyond the Build


What Makes a Good Manager?

No one does research quite like Google. I recently read an article about the company’s thorough approach to discovering the traits that make managers great. They started on a mission to find the algorithm for a better boss back in 2009, implementing their findings into the hiring process three years later. They now have more than a decade of data-backed research that these personality traits really do make better managers. 

  • Solid coaching skills
  • Avoiding micromanaging
  • Genuine, holistic interest in employees
  • Being a good listener
  • Focus on advancing team members

If you notice, all five of these traits track in the same direction: Humility and a people-first management style. It has been my experience that people on any team will naturally work harder for someone they trust and they know has their back, wanting the best for them long-term. While I wish I could say I could check all these boxes, the truth is, I cannot. I’m trying to do a better job, and quantifying the list certainly helps me to stop and think before I act. What traits do you think make a solid leader?

Merrill Stewart Jr.

Merrill Stewart is Founder and CEO of The Stewart/Perry Company, a commercial building contractor based in Birmingham.