Who was the best manager you ever had? And why was that manager a favorite? It’s likely because they were “servant-shepherds.”  Those who lord over their subjects may be able to squeeze some positive results here and there but are seldom ever successful. Sadly, there is no secret formula on how to become an effective boss. There are hundreds of books one can read on the subject, and perhaps knowledge is an excellent first step to filling that role. But there is still no rock-solid plan that will make anyone an effective leader by merely following company rules. Experience offers no sure recipe either. Years of poor managing only makes one a long-term poor manager. If a good manager was someone who could meet corporate goals, we might agree that there are many good managers. However, just being a goal achiever does not make a manager, let alone a good manager.

There are a certain number of character traits that provide the foundation for a good manager. Here’s just a few of them:

  • Compassionate
  • Humble
  • Gentle
  • Kind
  • Caring
  • Self-Controlled
  • Integrity

Some might say having these qualities is a sign of weakness. I propose the contrary is true, for such is Christ. And He remains the perfect model for all leaders to follow today.(TCF)  Consider:  “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15).

This thought was written by Tim Files, Delta Aircraft Systems Analyst and Secretary-Treasurer of our FCAP Board of Directors..