Earlier it was easy to spot an exceptional employee. The characteristics were quite easy to identify — hard working, punctual and abiding by the rules. However, now the scenario is entirely different, with changed work culture and heightened competition. These days employees are expected to be flexible with their approaches, multitask, and satisfy a diverse group of people. Loyal and dutiful no more remains the criteria for being an exceptional employee. Such employees might be liked by a handful of managers, but in this highly competitive world, an employee needs to have much more to become truly exceptional. An international study which surveyed around 500 business leaders to know what makes an employee exceptional revealed surprising conclusions. 78% of leaders said that personality is the main factor which makes an employee exceptional, 53% opined that cultural fit is important whereas only 39% of them voted for skills.
However, personality is a set of traits through which we approach the world and this differs for different people. Delving deeper into the study the researchers found that while saying personality, the leaders are actually referring to emotional intelligence (EQ). Exceptional employees do not have exceptional traits right from the beginning. They adapt to the work culture and develop their EQ in a way that makes them exceptional.
Let’s have a look at the important qualities which differentiate exceptional employees from others:
One of the major challenges that managers face is holding people accountable. Even after hiring great and highly skilled employees, there are times when managers feel that the employees could do more or better work. And, in a bid to avoid conflicts and unpleasant reactions, they often tend to avoid the task of holding employees accountable. Being a manager you need to ensure that all the employees are putting their best efforts and are doing the tasks they have been assigned, with high efficiency. However, in addition to assigning tasks and guiding them how to achieve the goals, it’s also important to set expectations for the employees and hold them accountable for results. This, sometimes, is a difficult thing to do, especially when you are dealing with difficult people, but you also need to keep in mind that it is crucial to get things done.
Accountability is not about taking the blame in case things go wrong. It’s about fulfilling the commitment of delivering results and not just doing tasks. And, as a manager you need to foster accountability in the people working for you. Let’s take a look at how you can hold people accountable as a manager.
Management is essentially an art of dealing with people and things in a way that they bring you desired outcomes. Simple it may sound but management is a concept which includes a number of skills and responsibilities and often seems too complex to be grasped and applied. Every manager has a unique style of management and you cannot really define a particular style as the right one. Management is a lot more than driving your employees to hard-work and efficiency. It’s also about keeping them motivated, providing them opportunities to grow professionally and aligning their work with the vision of the organization. As a manager, how you manage your team depends on your perspective and, of course, on the project and the employees but there are a few rules that you should keep in mind to ensure effective management.