How to Spot a Star Manager in the Making

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: Good Faith Effort  See if the candidate conveys a sense of accountability that guarantees that expectations are always delivered upon, along with the resilience to ensure this happens even when roadblocks arise.

This article was originally published on 07-08-2013
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