How to Write a Great Performance Review

Managerial Style Example Performance Review Phrases

Supervising staff requires the right kind of person – I believe there are some who can do it and some who cannot. Unfortunately, I think the number of those who can is much lower than the number who cannot – which results in a lot of  mediocre management.

In this section, you will discover many positive and negative example performance review phrases you can use to evaluate an employee’s managerial style.

Positive Phrases

Kevin is the consummate professional and manages his staff with apparent ease. His direct reports frequently mention how much they enjoy working for Kevin.

Jennifer supervises her staff quite well. We are frequently impressed with the raw numbers coming from her group, but we are excited about the qualitative aspects of her management skills. These attributes will carry her far.

Bob is very professional with him employees and manages them well.

Fred has a difficult situation with the team he manages, yet he has turned them around in excellent fashion.

Paul’s team performs well and all speak highly of him.

Tim is a high performer and leads a team of high performers. His leadership has contributed to very high productivity from this department.

If John were a coach, he would be considered a “player’s coach.” He understands his team and how to motivate them to high performance.

Ryan is a very effective manager.

Walter manages his team well and receives good performance from them.

Peter is an effective manager and understands how to supervise his employees to meet expectations.

Though Mandy had a rough start, she ended the year well with her team turning in the best performance of all the groups.

Greg is in a difficult situation: he inherited a team that frankly was a mess. In short order, he turned the team around to one of our best performers.

Terry has received good feedback from his team and his managers.

Thomas is very adept at managing difficult employees and turning their energies towards higher performance.

In Fred’s group, he at times has to act as counselor, friend, and boss. He is able to manage all three roles to effectively manage his team.

Negative Phrases

Bill does not cope very well with managing employees. His employees consistently complain of unreasonable expectations and we tend to agree. Bill needs to improve his acceptance of a reasonable work-personal life balance.

Kyle is an adequate supervisor, but does not excel in this area. He does not always relate well with his employees and this shows in the group’s work effort.

Bryan has not made the transition from co-worker to manager very well. He has a difficult time separating his personal relationships with professional ones.

Paul does not understand how to set team goals and manage his team to achieve them. He seems to always be in “survival mode” without focusing on the goals necessary to move his team forward.

Harry understands how to manage personalities similar to his, but has not worked very hard managing other types of personalities on his team. He is coping with being a manage, but survival isn’t the goal: excellence is. Harry needs to better understand personality types and how they interrelate.

Tom is a decent task manager, but falls short when it comes to setting a vision.

We’ve experienced a few issues with Bill in a leadership position with the team that must be resolved. These issues could be detrimental to the performance of the department and should be the focus of the next few months.

Harry understands how to handle difficult employees and manage a high maintenance staff, yet we continue to have above average turnover on his team. This year, we need to focus on what issues are causing such high turnover.

Holly is not very effective at managing her staff to high performance.

Jim is a good supervisor, but has failed at managing his staff to high productivity.

Paul does not understand the intricacies of managing a high performance team and has yet to perform.

Julie was a great individual performer but so far has not proven she is a good manager.

Bill has a tendency to play favorites and not treat all employees fairly.

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