What makes a good manager? This is a book by a manager about managers but it is not just for managers. It is for anyone and for everyone who is interested in the way people and not just managers - behave and function around the world. Based on actual experience the title Essence of a Manager is a succinct distillation of what this book is about. It is not a management manual and yet it is a map for navigation and a guide for behavior which can be valuable for practicing managers at all levels. It formulates a sound thesis to describe the qualities needed in a good manager and builds up from elemental qualities to develop a holistic view of a good manager. Nine fundamental attributes are proposed as being necessary and sufficient to describe a good manager. It is applied management philosophy for a thinking manager and deals with the fundamental drivers which lie deeper than language or culture and which control human behavior.