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5 qualities of successful transport managers

Updated: Feb 15

Creating the correct balance for yourself and your people within the distribution arena can be particularly fruitful for all involved.



“A shift manager of a well known parcel carrier once told me that my 'maverick' ways would never lead to success. Two years later at a rival company I achieved 'some of the best figures in the UK/Nordics' according to the then depot manager! The moral of the story being, go your own way and never listen to the negativity of people who fail to succeed themselves. That particular shift manager did not progress and is still at the same level in the same role 15 years on”

Considering these five prominent qualities below, allied to your own methodical approach to transport management should give plenty of food for thought, positivity and potentially the reaping of unexpected rewards.



  1. LEAD BY EXAMPLE: Are you a leader or a dictator? Behaving as a dictator will create a divide in your working relationships, you will never gain respect from your colleagues. I have seen it time and again, managers shouting at warehouse staff and drivers. It achieves only one thing, to alienate your staff. However, leading by example showing verve, understanding, positivity and empathy will undoubtedly make a difference not only to your own mindset but also to those of your peers and colleagues who will respect you further.

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