What Makes a Great Manager?

What is the measure of a good manager? Is it the way they set goals, align effort, allocate resources, apply knowledge, build relationships, develop talent or balance external demands?

AIM believes that management is the act of bringing people together to accomplish desired goals and objectives. As Henry Mintzberg and Jonathon Gosling describe it, management is "a practice where art, science and craft meet."

In their seminal work "The Five Minds of a Manager", first published in Harvard Business Review in November 2003, Mintzberg and Gosling write that becoming an effective manager requires the integration of five aspects of the managerial mind; managing self, managing change, managing relationships, managing context and managing organisation, with each requiring a different 'mindset'.

The underlying premise of their framework is that two essential characteristics form the basis for management: action and reflection. The recent 2011 Management Excellence Awards campaign provided hundreds of managers an avenue for important reflection; to not only to reflect on the day to day decisions that shape their organisation, but to reflect on their individual career paths, personal growth and management journey.

Forty-two Queensland regional winners gathered in Brisbane on Friday 11 November to celebrate their success and unveil the 2011 Queensland Rural/Remote Manager of the Year, Young Manager of the Year, Owner Manager of the Year, Not for Profit Manager of the Year and Professional Manager of the Year. The Territory's leading managers were awarded at the Northern Territory Management Excellence Awards Final and Gala Dinner at the Darwin Convention Centre on Saturday 29 October.

Julie Boyd FAIM, Chair of the Management Excellence Awards, congratulated all finalists on their achievements.

"Management Excellence Awards participants benefit from the career reflection, personal growth and managerial networking opportunities that the Management Excellence Awards process provides," she said.

"This year's Management Excellence Awards unearthed an extremely talented group of managers hailing from Queensland's and the Northern Territory's diverse cities and regions."

The Not for Profit Manager of the Year category was contested at State level for the first time in 2011, with some particularly strong candidates working in the areas of health care, emergency services, education and community development.

"It was great to see the Not for Profit Manager of the Year category contested throughout the entire State this year. Managers of that sector require diverse management and stakeholder skills," Ms Boyd said.

As the only Awards program in Queensland and the Northern Territory dedicated to acknowledging the individual manager, AIM's Management Excellence Awards are unique and set high standards.

"Over the years, we have provided opportunities for reflection for some outstanding 'quiet achievers' – managers who do big things without the big public profile, and who collectively have the greatest impact on our economy," Ms Boyd said.

Nominations for 2012 Management Excellence Awards are now open. Visit www.managementawards.com.au for more information.


2011 Queensland Management Excellence Awards Winners 2011 Queensland Management Excellence Awards Winners

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