Hitch to a winner - If your manager legitimately cares about their employees and they know the business landscape, they can be your best ally. Once you show your value to the team, it is common for your manager to want to keep you on the team. A manager does not want to lose their top players and will go to bat to ensure their employees are happy, well paid and get professional development. Of course, this is just part one of the formula. Your manager must also know how to get things done within the organization and command the respect of senior management.
If you report to a manager that cares about employees, but does not have the support of senior management or the knowledge of how or when to ask for pay adjustments, your career can easily stall out. Likewise, a manager that is out for themselves, will not be likely to bring others with them up the ladder. Your professional development may not be their primary concern.
Does the manager take my interests to heart?
You always want to know where you stand with your manager. Moreover, does the company give your manager the latitude to help their best and brightest employees grow? Look at some of the things a good manager, combined with a forward-thinking company, may do to help you. Compare that with some traits you may see from a manager unwilling or unable to help you grow.