For me personally, a good manager is someone who helps their team, develops (in terms of personal growth) their team members and has a clear vision and strategy – someone who is able to take a step back from execution and focuses on the bigger picture.
A manager with a clear vision and goals for the team can help you understand how your work fit s into that bigger picture, and give you direction for your career. Someone who understands where the business is moving will be able to direct your work to contribute to this strategy – which will make you stand out internally.
It also helps you to focus on your own goals and provides clarity about how you can contribute to the team’s success. When your manager knows what they are working towards, it’s easier for yourself to identify how to do relevant and rewarding work. They will inspire you to aim high and challenge yourself.
Ask during your interview about the vision of your manager:
- Where do they see the team in one, three and five years from now?
This will give you an idea of their leadership style and whether they have a plan in place to drive the team forward.