To become a boss just require approval and trust of the higher management but to become a truly good one requires the trust and loyalty for your subordinates. Great bosses have this innate quality of being leaders, friends, teachers, coaches and sources of inspiration, all in one. People who have worked or are working under the supervision of a good boss light up with joy and speak about them with praise and reverence.
The reason being such that such bosses can shape and advance your career in ways you never thought possible thereby changing your life in the process. If you find yourself filling a boss’ soes, remember the following key points that will steer you towards becoming a good boss.
A good boss always communicates effectively and explain tasks and assignments accurately and precisely to his/her team, including the expected results, the execution, the deadline, and anything else that would help employees in completing the task at hand. He/she is also a mentor to his/her employees and helps them grow and develop to be the best that they can be.
“They (bosses) take pride in being human shields, absorbing or deflecting heat from inside and outside the company and battling idiots and slights that make life
The article “THE BOSS AS HUMAN SHEILD” BY Robert Sutton, a professor at Stanford University, writes
As a boss your team is your responsibility whether you like it or not and their actions ultimately hold you accountable. At times their negligence can put you in a very awkward situation leaving you with two choices, shield the errant or use him/her as a shield. Choosing a latter may temporarily protect you but it is the former which will win you the respect and loyalty of your entire team. Rest assured a loyal team will go the extra mile to achieve the desired results that will eventually make you look good.
Avoid Pick Favorites:-
A good boss Is a fair boss. Employees expect managers to treat everyone fairly. For example,
If you bend the rules for one employee due to a special situation then you must act consistently when a similar situation occurs with another employee. This creates a perception of fairness and a perception of favouritism.
Giving a particular employee too much attention or ‘office time’, maintaining double standards in your treatment towards employees when they do something wrong and actively supporting one and ignoring the rest are just some of the ways you can create divisions within you own team.
Engage Your Team:-
A good boss wants his/her subordinates to use their knowledge, creativity, skills and authority to produce results allowing them to take decisions without consulting him on every minor issue. He avoids micromanaging his subordinates and trusts them, intervening only when something contrary to the trust or contrary to the expected result occurs. Such a boss creates a challenging environment where employees can unleash their true potential and contribute to the bottom line of the business.
Hide Their Weakness to Public, Praise them there:-
Praise is the most effective form of feedback and a powerful motivator. Let’s face it, all employees want to be recognized when they do something praiseworthy. Make a habit of recognizing good performance, hard work and improvement. A good boss knows that praises should be done in public while criticisms should always be kept private so that the employee’s self respect, dignity and confidence are left unscathed. Mistakes in the work place should result in correction not retribution.
One of the main reasons presented by researchers behind people leaving their relationship with their boss. Only in a perfect world would all bosses be perfect. Employees are not looking for the perfect boss, just one that understands them and treats them fairly. In return they are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the task is completed in a timely manner and to the best of their ability. If you find it difficult to be a good boss then try not be a bad one either.