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‘Top of the Top’ Traits of a Great Fleet Manager

July 2, 2012

TORRANCE, CA – Recently, Automotive Fleet published an article on the “Top 50 Traits of a Great Fleet Manager” by Mike Antich. The editorial staff, however, was curious: Of these traits, what do fleet managers consider the “top of the top”?

A recent poll of fleet managers revealed what the industry believes are the “Top of the Top” traits of a great fleet manager. Do you agree? Leave us a comment! 

Top 10 Traits of a Great Fleet Manager*

1. High Ethical Standards
2. Ability to Make Decisions
3. Problem Solver
4. Excellence Communication Skills
5. Adaptable to Change
5. Knowledgeable About Automotive Trends & Fleet Equipment
7. Analytical Skills
8. Leadership
9. Management Skills
9. Professionalism
9. Accountability
9. Negotiation Skills
10. Enjoys What they Do

(*As selected by fleet managers, in order of most importance. Duplicate numbering indicates tie.)

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  1. 1. Anonymous [ July 26, 2012 @ 03:37PM ]

    Normally I never pay attention to polls, but the one dealing with the top 50 traits of commercial fleet managers has it right. (See April 2012 AF.) Ethical standards are often tossed aside if there is the slightest chance a manager can achieve professional rewards. Unwavering integrity, ethical and fair decision making will create or destroy a well-balanced fleet department. This is especially true when working with some FMC’s. If a FMC is always looking to buy you tickets, give you a trophy, or continually nominate you for Fleet Manager of the Year; it is time to reevaluate that business relationship. Are decisions being made that are in the best interests of the company or the fleet manager themselves? How are these decisions affecting the team you work with? Separating the best business and personal decisions are not always easy, but this is what distinguishes between a having the title of a fleet manager and being a respected fleet manager. Henry Ford once stated: “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”


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