A great manager is a person who knows how to treat people right and to help them unleash their potential in the workforce. Sadly, it is a very rare thing to discover a manager who is truly a great manager. Instead, there is an abundance of mediocre managers who, for whatever reason, feel it is their calling in life to make everyone miserable around them. If you happen to be a manager of people, here are a few time-tested proverbs and quotes that you should embrace. These ten proverbs that every manager should follow are just ten of many others, but these are a great start.
If I were to suggest a great starting point from these ten maxims, I would recommend embracing Plato’s proverb: Wise men speak because they have something to say. Fools because they have to say something. Imagine a world where the fools around us kept their mouths shut a little more. Don’t be the type of person that needs to talk because you like the sound of your voice. Not only does it waste time, but it is a tell-tale sign of a narcissist at work.
Indeed, sometimes the best and most capable managers are those who are introverts rather than extroverts. This principle is wonderfully expounded upon the book Quiet, by Susan Cain. (It also goes into a little detail as to why open-concept offices are a terrible idea!) In my opinion, this is a must read for everyone.