Pat Fenlon praised Leigh Griffiths after the young striker was named the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League's Player of the Month for August and says the 22-year-old's attitude earned him the award.
Griffiths scored three goals from the opening three matches of the new season and helped Hibernian climb up the table to joint second spot in the standings.
As a result, the forward, on loan from Wolves, received the accolade - presented to him on the pitch by boss Fenlon, who admits the award is richly deserved.
Fenlon said: "Leigh's work-rate is fantastic, he's a very good finisher, but I think most of it is down to his attitude and his desire to do well.
"It's been there since I've come in to be fair, he's got his head down and is working a lot harder at other things as he always works hard on the pitch.
"I think it's great for him as well because when you speak to players and you talk about trying to change little things about their game or their lifestyle and you say: If you do this, you will get the benefits and rewards for that.
"It's been a fantastic two weeks for him, he's got himself back in the Scotland under-21 squad and has got himself player of the month, so I'm delighted for him."
With the club still awaiting final confirmation of the arrival of Tom Taiwo, the manager believes the new midfielder will make a positive impact when he is added to the squad.
He added: "Tom is a very good footballer; a tenacious midfielder, who will drive people on.
"He has got a fantastic attitude and even though he's a young lad he's got plenty of experience under his belt."
Ryan McGivern is scheduled to make his debut against Kilmarnock on Saturday (kick off 3pm) after completing his loan move from Manchester City and Fenlon says he is looking forward to calling upon the Northern Ireland defender.
He said: "We met Ryan briefly to get him signed and then he was off on his way to Russia with Northern Ireland and then off again to play Luxembourg.
"So today (Thursday) has been his first real day in the training. But in a similar situation to the boys that have been away with Scotland and Jorge has been away as well.
"It was just important to get them all back and free of injury which we have done and we've got a strong squad going into the game on Saturday."
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