My favorite manager was a man named Matt who ran the sporting goods store I worked at during college. Even though Matt was young and a fresh university grad, he had already been a store manager for a few years. He had an insane work ethic and could usually be found working open-to-close, even on his days off.
Manager Matt was an employee favorite because he actually spent time on the sales floor helping all his employees rather than in his office analyzing stuff like unit per transaction figures. He was my favorite manager not only because we got along great, but because he actually seemed to value what came out of my mouth. He always asked for my opinion on merchandising (in retail speak, merchandising is organizing items in a pleasing way and creating unique displays), which was something I quite enjoyed at the time.