Alan Johnson. Charismatic and smooth…is he the ideal manager? We’ve picked the top 5 tips we’ve learnt from Alan Johnson on being a manager.

1) Include employees in the vision of the company:

Alan had a vision. And he made sure to share that with a special few of his employees. Mark joined him on his quest…and…er…became his Camilla.


2) Have ambition:

So Johnson may have taken this one one a little further than we would advise, but we think he meant it metaphorically. It’s good to have exciting ideas for you and your team. So don’t be afraid to think big. (Undercover Recruiter do not condone killing your clients – unless it’s metaphorically with an awesome pitch).


3) Working can be fun:

Just because you’re a manager, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your colleagues. Make work fun for the people in your team and you’ll see a boost in productivity. Sometimes all you need is a pile of Chinese and a couple of f*ck off spreadsheets in order to get the job done.


4) Be transparent:

The key to good leadership is transparency. You should be totally honest and open with your employees – we’ve seen this in numerous companies like Netflix or Buffer, but it’s important to be honest with your team. It’s been seen time and time again that employees that are entrusted with info feel more involved in the company and feel more part of the vision. This way they’ll grow and they’ll appreciate your honesty.


5) Take some time out:

Friday night should involve a bit of fun for both you and your team. Remember it’s great to socialise with your team, as it creates relationships between employees.

6) Dress to impress

Johnson looks suave and sophisticated no matter the situation.

7) Only human…

Okay, so Johnson may not be the best manager. But he tries his best – he has a human approach to management. It’s important to remember that you’ll never have or be the perfect manager. But you’ll always striving to do what’s best for you and your team.


What do you think are the qualities of a good manager? Let us know by tweeting us @UndercoverRec.

Image credits: Channel 4 

About Ruby Lowe

Ruby is a Senior Account Executive at Link Humans in London.

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