Google Employees Weighed In on What Makes a Highly Effective Manager. Technical Expertise Came in Dead Last is an excellent article by Mike Schnieder on Following are a couple of quotes from the article that might interest you. First the list, in order of priority:

Be a good coach;
empower your team and don’t micromanage;
express interest in employee’s success and well-being;
be productive and results-oriented;
be a good communicator and listen to your team;
help your employees with career development;
have a clear vision and strategy for the team; and
have key technical skills, so you can help advise the team

The above list is in order of priority and notice that technical skills came in last. Following is one more quote:

1. What employees valued most were even-keeled bosses.

So, how do we as leaders do in regard to this list? The most important thing as a leader is not to the the smartest or most skilled in the room, it is about taking care of your team.



We get what we invest in. The time we spend comes back, with interest. – Seth Godin

Who are we seeking to become? by Seth Godin

When adding people to your organization. Look for these three things (in the order listed!):

  1. Character
  2. Chemistry (organizational fit)
  3. Competency

Talent doesn’t matter if there is a deficiency of character or the person does not fit your culture.