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5 Traits of Great Team Managers

5 Traits of Great Team Managers

Nov. 6th, 2020

Today, November 6th, is National Team Manager Day. Here at Saber Healthcare, we are celebrating the hard work our managers across our facilities put into developing our staff and building our communities.

Team managers work hard to stay on task and motivate their team. They also are the leaders who inspire and help develop the company’s vision.

But what makes a great team manager? Here are five traits every team leader in management should have.


One of the greatest strengths a team manager can have is communication. Communication is key for a manager to connect to their employees and lead them to success.

A team manager who listens to what each member has to say values their input. After all, everyone’s voice on the team should be heard to ensure all ideas are taken into consideration. A team manager will then work to utilize these different ideas to create an overarching plan.

A great team manager will also communicate by clearly articulating their expectations to the team. They will communicate the exact goals, metrics, and outlines for success that align with the company’s direction.

Great team managers also do not shy away from giving constructive feedback or praising their employees for a job well done. They always let their employees know where they can improve and give them the tools they need to grow within their role.


Another quality good team managers have is organization. They know exactly what needs to be completed by the end of the day and have a plan to reach milestones throughout the month.

Team managers also need to be organized when it comes to scheduling, managing budgets, and checking in on project timelines. They are good at following up with people and quickly communicate a new plan when something may not be completed in time.

Another reason it’s essential for team managers to be organized is things may quickly change in a fast-paced environment. A team manager will be able to add and delegate those extra duties in an efficient manner.

Good organization skills strengthens a team manager’s team and keeps everyone on track for success.


All great team managers have empathy and can relate to their staff. They have the emotional intelligence required to understand people who come from different backgrounds and experiences.

Good team leaders know that their employees are human too, and can help them through challenging times in their lives. They also remain flexible and work to help these employees if they need to.

Another important part of being an empathetic team manager is being able to understand different personality types. A team manager must be able to relate to and inspire everyone on the team, because at the end of the day they interact with everyone.

Empathy is an important aspect of leading a team and interacting with team members. All great managers strive to improve their open-mindedness to others and their situations every day.

Problem-Solving Skills

Great team managers are able to proactively solve and resolve problems as they arise.

These problems can be between two employees or readapting because something needs to be completed by a deadline. This involves getting a handle on the situation and making a decision once the team manager fully understands the problem.

A great team manager is able to quickly come up with a logical and coherent resolution. They are also able to articulate this to the staff and explain their reasoning why.

Seeing themselves as part of the team

The last – if not most important – quality of a great team manager is being able to see themselves as part of the team.

A great team manager doesn’t see themselves as delegating tasks to their staff. They actively play a role in assisting their team with projects, whether that is contributing a portion themselves or answering key questions.

They also give their team credit for the parts they do to higher ups and do not try to outshine their team members. They lead by example, always working to be the best employees they can be.

At the end of the day, a great team manager knows that there is no “I” in the word “team.” They see and appreciate the hard work that their staff contributes.

Saber Healthcare Celebrates National Team Manager Day

At Saber Healthcare, whether our managers work in nursing, therapy, dietary, activities, recruiting, or another other key position, we know how hard our management works to make our communities successful.

Today, we’d like to give our thanks to the managers who work day in and day out to provide the best care for our residents. Thank you!

To join our team as a manager or other key position, check out our careers.

Saber Healthcare is an organization dedicated to providing consultant services to long term care providers. This article is for informational purposes and is not meant to be seen as professional advice. Please consult with a medical expert before relying on the information provided.