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42 Ways to be a Boss at Being a Boss

42 WAYS TO BE A NO. 1 BOSS 2 KEY ATTRIBUTES GOOD LISTENING CREATE TRUST BE DECISIVE Trust is important in any relationship; your staff should feel decisions big and small falls at like they can trust you, whether in terms of doing the right thing or confiding in you about a confidential matter. Equally they should feel they have your backing and are trusted in their position. You're in charge so making Listening to your employees' thoughts and ideas and showing you value their input will be beneficial to everyone involved, particularly the business. Even if as the boss you decide not to action their ideas, it's important your door, therefore it's important to be decisive. However, make sure you're fully informed and don't be afraid to consult others with specialist knowledge before coming to conclusions. for employees to have your attention and feel heard. BE INSPIRATIONAL BE POLITE BE A VISIONARY THANK YOU Aspire for excellence and then inspire your employees to do the same. Lead by example and set high standards, which your It might sound stupid and a given, but being polite is key to being a good boss. Be sure to greet Create a vision for your business and workforce, and then share it with them. Your employees will appreciate being included and it's always nice to feel part of a company's future. everyone, no matter their workforce can follow. Offer words position, with good manners and politeness, regardless of your of inspiration and motivation and celebrate achievements. mood. BE HONEST BE KNOWLEDGEABLE HAVE INTEGRITY Integrity earns respect. Honour your word and don't compromise yours and the business' values - do the right thing even if it's not the easiest option. Offer constructive criticism and be open to taking it. Being honest about your employees' performance is best for everyone and will help them to improve to get to the next step. As they say, knowledge is power so stay abreast of trends and shifts in your field. Aim to know your field inside out, and share your knowledge with others. DOS TAKE RISKS GET THE RIGHT BALANCE TAKE AN INTEREST Whether in the form of trusting an It's important to get the work-life employee with a project that might sit just outside their comfort zone, or just trying something different, calculated risks are par for the course as a Remembering your employees' spouses and children's names, or their hobbies helps create a balance right at every level. Lead by example and make sure you live a life outside work. If you spend hours extra in the office, chances are your employees will think that's what they must also do to impress. rapport and a more personal workplace. Nobody expects you to know everything, but remembering a few points can go a long way. boss. It's your job to decide if the risk (and potential fallout) is worth it! DELEGATE MOTIVATE CONTINUE SELF-IMPROVEMENT You can't do everything so make sure you delegate tasks. Micromanagement is detested by most people, so put your trust in employees to undertake certain tasks or take on added Morale is often the back-bone of a The journey to becoming boss is business. Where you can, try to motivate your team, either by rewards such as a company away often one of constant self-improvement, be sure to continue that even when you reach the top. Nobody's perfect day or by offering words of empowerment and encouragement. after all! responsibilities, and allow them to get on with it. PRAISE TEACH COMMUNICATE While you might not be able to offer monetary rewards in terms of salary or bonuses, offering any kind of praise or recognition for hard work will be appreciated by You didn't get to be boss without learning a few things along the way, so be willing to teach and share your knowledge with staff, colleagues and mentees. Keeping lines of communication open is key to being a good boss, it'll allow your staff to come to you with questions and problems and create more transparency. your workforce. DON'TS THINK YOU'RE ABOVE MAKING TEA FORGET TO ASK FOR HELP WHEN NEEDED PASS THE BUCK When things go wrong hold yourself accountable and you're the boss, so there's no need encourage your team to do the same. Passing the buck is unconstructive, so admitting accountability is the only way forward and the best way to learn There's no shame in asking for a helping hand from time to time, so make sure you ask for help when you need it. Everyone has their own skills and it's your responsibility to recognise where these can be best used. Avoid creating a sense of 'us and them'. Everybody knows that to throw your weight around just for the sake of it; instead become part of the team and remember to make the tea from time to time. from mistakes. TAKE YOUR PERSONAL LIFE TO THE OFFICE GOSSIP HAVE FAVOURITES While sometimes it might be tempting to join in with idle office gossip, never do it. Gossip is destructive and hurtful, and can Avoid your personal life impacting Treating all employees fairly helps on your conduct in the office by leaving your personal baggage at the door. This will also help to encourage respect and co-operation. If staff feel like they're getting a rough deal compared to others it creates resentment and can impact on productivity. be damaging to your staff, reputations and the business. encourage your staff to do the same and promote professionalism. CREATE BARRIERS LOSE YOUR COOL BE TOO RIGID Flexible working is something many people look for, and while this isn't something all businesses can offer, being mindful of doctor's appointments or childcare problems etc. will help. Effective management means We all lose our cool from time to removing barriers and providing your team with the tools they need to do their job. Encourage team work and communication, time, but keeping calm under pressure is the best for everyone. Nobody wants an erratic boss who crumbles under pressure, so try to and you should have a productive keep your head. workforce. WISE WORDS ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, THE HUFFINGTON POST SHERYL SANDBERG, FACEBOOK WARREN BUFFETT, BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY "We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes - understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success." "Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence." "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently." PRESIDENT DWIGHT EISENHOWER MARISSA MAYER, YAHOO ANDREW CARNEGIE "Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." "I always did something that I was a little not ready to do. I think that, that is how you grow." "No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it." RICHARD BRANSON, VIRGIN JOHN C. MAXWELL MAYA ANGELOU "Leaders must be close enough to "The best way of learning about anything is by doing." "Nothing will work unless you relate to others, but far enough do." ahead to motivate them." AND A FEW QUESTIONABLE EXAMPLES FROM FICTIONAL BOSSES. MICHAEL SCOTT, "THE OFFICE (US)' DAVID BRENT, "THE OFFICE' LESLIE KNOPE, "PARKS AND RECREATION' "Sometimes you have to take a break from being the kind of boss that's always trying to teach people things. Sometimes you just answer's always the same, to me, have to be the boss of dancing." "When people say to me: would you rather be thought of as a funny man or a great boss? My "We have to remember what's important in life; friends, waffles and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third." they're not mutually exclusive." JACK DONAGHY, '30 ROCK' TONY SOPRANO, "THE SOPRANOS' GORDON GEKKO, "WALL STREET' "A wrong decision is better than indecision." "Greed is good." "Sometimes you have to change things that are perfectly good just to make them your own." Sources unum

42 Ways to be a Boss at Being a Boss

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Whether you manage a team of 5 or 50, being a good boss is beneficial to not only your employees, but also to you and your business. Taking inspiration from some of the most successful bosses in the w...





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