Finding Great Managers Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

Written by: PeopleKeep Team
Originally published on January 23, 2015. Last updated July 9, 2015.

Managers: the key to a well-run, successful small business. Since managers are such an integral part of small businesses, they must be flocking to you, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Instead, you’ve got to be the one to find them. But, finding great managers really doesn’t have to be hard - you simply need to know what to look for. Here’s a quick how-to guide on developing your great manager radar.

Key Traits of a Great ManagerFinding Great Managers Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

If you want to know how to find a great manager in a crowd, you’re going to need to know what to look for. What do I mean by that? Well, you know the kind of manager you need to run your small business successfully, right? So, theoretically, you’re the perfect person to spot the manager you need out of a crowd.  

Match a candidate up with your small business. If you own an accounting firm, you’re going to need someone with the appropriate education, right? But there’s more. You’ll also need someone that is outgoing and will be a great manager that will do things differently, too. If not, how are they going to manage your firm? They’ll need to be honest, mature, willing to succeed, and a problem solver. Lastly, they need to look the part. Accounting firms rarely are filled with men and women in t-shirts and flip-flops - they’re usually very professional individuals. As such, look for a candidate who looks professional and is professional.

Here are other key traits to look for in a candidate:

Developing Your Great Manager Radar

With a good idea of the key traits to look for in a manager, it’s time to get out and start looking - develop your great manager radar. Remember, finding a great manager isn’t hard.

Put yourself out there. If you want to find the manager, you’ll need to put in the time and get your hands dirty. This will include interviewing, reviewing resumes, and talking with everyone you know for referrals. Don’t look at it as something you have to do, look at it as a personal challenge to find the manager who will help lead your business to success.

Develop an eye for great talent. As you’re out in the world, look for candidates that may make a great manager. It might just be a hunch at first, but you’ll never know until you talk to them. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with random strangers. You never know where you’ll find the manager you need.

Make use of what you have. To do this, think of your current employees. Chances are, if your current employees are amazing, they may know someone for the position. Additionally, don’t count out your current employees as a candidate for a great manager. Plus, it makes finding a great manager less difficult when they’re right under your nose.

Make a friendly offer. If you find a candidate, talk to them, see them working in their element, and if you’re impressed, don’t hesitate to “steal” them from their current position. It can be as simple as “I’m really impressed with your work ethic and have really enjoyed our conversation, what would you say to coming to work for me?” Simple as that.


See, finding a great manager doesn’t need to be difficult, now does it? Once you have decided what a good fit for your business would be and know the key traits to look for, your great manager radar will find the exact candidate to become the manager you’re looking for.

What’s been your experience in finding great managers? Do you find them hard to find? Let us know your experience and comment below!

Originally published on January 23, 2015. Last updated July 9, 2015.


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