Google's 8 Manager Skills

I’ll admit, my first reaction was, “Hey, some of those 8 things aren’t really skills, per se, as much as they are the effects you want to see come out of your manager”. For example, “Empowers team and does not micromanage” isn’t really a skill, as it were, but more of an abstract guiding principle that would encompass things like, “Gives an employee a goal and a deadline, then steps out of the way to see them accomplish it, unless asked to step in and assist”. The one is abstract, and the other, much more concrete, and—more importantly, if you ask me—more actionable on the part of somebody who wants to become a better manager.

But, buried deep within the article towards the end are the real precious jewels of the whole thing—Google’s links to re:Work’s guides on management, which (so far) I find to be a useful set of reading materials. Not as good as some of the books I’ve been reading, but a good place to start for anybody who’s trying to get started as a manager.