How to Spot a Star Manager in the Making

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-08-2013 Print

If you're like many CIOs, you've probably hired a large share of talented Millennials who are making valuable contributions. And some may indicate to you that they'd like to be considered for managerial jobs. Not every IT standout, however, can make such a transition. In a recent book, The Young Professional's Guide to Managing: Building, Guiding and Motivating Your Team to Achieve Awesome Results (Career Press), author Aaron McDaniel reveals how to make this determination by looking for the following star-in-the-making management qualities. Sure, the tech skills need to be there. But so do soft skills that translate to great communications and organizational capabilities among leaders. It also helps to demonstrate a sense of connectivity with key internal and external contacts, as well as the kind of workplace composure that doesn't get easily rattled. McDaniel is an entrepreneur, speaker and author. He's also a former manager at AT&T, specializing in areas such as business development, customer relations, operations and sales. In addition, he launched SparkSource, an online community for career mentoring. For more about the book, click here.


Qualities of Future Star Managers: Cool Under Fire  Look for a high degree of “calm under pressure” flexibility with a potential future manager, especially as work demands rapidly shift.

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