Do your employees find it hard to approach your office when it comes to discussing new ideas that they have? Do you do all the talking during brainstorming, not allowing them to share their thoughts and ideas? Then, it may be time to re-examine your managerial style. Even if you are a good boss, there is always room for improvement.
So, are you a good boss? What about a great boss? It may be hard to rate yourself because after all, we are all busy. You may be thinking – “How am I supposed to have time to think about what kind of boss I am or what kind of boss I want to be? I’ve got stuff to do!”
Well, we’d like to help you out. Here are top 7 rules for being a great boss:
1. Hold yourself accountable first, then your employees
Before reprimanding employees for making mistakes, you need to hold yourself accountable. You must acknowledge your own mistakes before pointing the finger. While you may think this will make you look vulnerable in front of your employees, it will often have the opposite effect. You’ll be promoting respect as well as a positive work environment where everyone is in it together.
2. Care about your business
If you are not personally invested in your business, how will you convince others to be nvested? You won’t always be excited about work, but there must be fuel to keep you going. If you are in an industry that doesn’t inspire you, you’ll have a hard time even caring about how to manage employees. Your enthusiasm about your business will likely rub off on others too.
3. Keep your cool
Do you want people to like you or do you want people to fear you? All leaders grapple with this, from teachers to CEOs. You don’t want to be angry and demanding, but you don’t want employees thinking you are a push-over. The best way to earn respect and make your life easier is to be as even-tempered as possible.
4. Share your thoughts and ideas
By being open with your employees, you show that you are down-to-earth. Sharing thoughts and ideas proves that you value your employees’ opinions and view them as equals. This is also crucial because it keeps everyone in the company on the same page, creating a general orientation and direction that everyone understands.
5. Ask questions rather than provide answers
Socrates was a brilliant leader and thinker – not because he had answers, but because he asked questions. Asking questions can only provide you with a deeper understanding of a situation. A good manager doesn’t just direct, but also learns continuously from the company’s successes and failures.
6. Make decisions efficiently
Of course, one of the main requirements to be a good boss is refined decision-making skills. Avoid making decisions when you are under stress or experiencing unusual emotions. These can throw off your mindset and cause you to do things you otherwise wouldn’t. Make a habit of analyzing results from past decisions, and make changes if your choices haven’t been panning out.
7. Explain the reasoning behind your decisions
Employees will follow your lead with less resistance if they understand your reasoning. Even if they disagree, they will at least know that you’re using a strategy. You’ll be respected for keeping everyone informed. You’ll also feel more supported, as employees will better understand you.
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