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One of the successful managers were asked

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One of the successful managers was asked

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Purdue OWL has this example which is almost identical to OP's case:

One of the boxes is open.

The verb agrees with the subject, "One". If you wanted to talk about "two", you would use a plural verb:

Two of the successful managers were asked.

One of the successful managers was asked.

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  • Yes, those sentences are standard.
    – Lambie
    Apr 12 '18 at 16:07

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