If you’ve had a lot of bosses in your life, you would know that a good boss is difficult to find. Even scientific studies show that an individual’s performance and productivity increases if their boss is good and humble. Most of the employees feel stressed if their boss is lousy and annoying. This difference can make your employees love or hate their jobs. To be a respected boss is not a natural trait, but there are a few hacks that can make you one. It’s a part of the leadership development process. Let’s begin the countdown to present you with 20 traits that would make you a good boss.
#20: Always praise employees for good work.
Work always speaks. Thus, the boss understands and respects the fruitful work that is accomplished by his/her employees. Good bosses never forget to recognize the employees for their inputs in any task or project. This makes your employees confident about their careers.
#19: Not only lead but also teach the employees.
Boss is a teacher for employees in the office. Bosses generally have more experience compared to their employees. Inculcating an attitude of learning in the employees would just yield more productive results. Executive coaching is a primary responsibility for any boss.
#18: Hire productive people.
“Great people always attract great talent”. It is an experienced art to recognize intellectually skilled & genius people and good bosses do this with such an ease.
#17: Always communicate clearly and precisely.
Clarity is the soul of increasing efficiency and so a leader is meant to have a deeper understanding towards issues and also a direct solution of how to resolve the problem. Only clear communication can drive down the company’s vision across different departments.
#16: Being honest and open at work.
“Honesty is the best policy”. Trustworthiness within the staff can only be built by transparency in commands. Good bosses are always open to different perspectives and they evaluate them very practically.
#15: Always have a positive attitude at work.
Optimism can boost up the office environment and motivate even the weaker wing amongst the employees. Confidence towards achieving the team goals can be kept intact only by a positive attitude. With such an attitude, your work on leadership development within the organization would be impeccable.
#14: Always motivate others.
Good bosses constantly work on nurturing their employees by motivating them with appreciations, incentives, salary raises, rewards & recognitions, promotions, amenities, etc.
#13: Always value time.
Time is money. A good boss is always punctual and avoids endless and boring meetings. He would rather invest time on self-learning or educate the staff. He would see to it that meetings start as well as end on time as planned.
#12: Have good sense of humor
Laughing might help in releasing the pressure or burden, especially if it is done by a boss in an appropriate way. Humor also helps you think better and convey things without hurting anyone’s feelings.
#11: Make good decisions
As a boss, at times it might be really difficult to make certain decisions. Not all decisions result into perfection, yet, if made by an experienced and successful boss even the worst circumstances can be transformed back to normal.
#10: Consider new ideas
Good bosses are not rigid. If you propose a new strategy or plan to them, they give it a considerable thought and might later implement it in the way most suitable for the business.
#09: Take calculated risks
Historically, only the people who have an appetite for risk have been the most successful businessmen or bosses. Taking risk is a part of the business, but it is equally important to analyze and study the implications of the risk. The risks are backed up with data, while also considering the worst case scenario.
#08: Take adequate rest.
A recess taken in the day’s routine work increases the capabilities of a person. A good boss takes and gives adequate rest, to keep the mind calm and drive productive results.
#07: Define goals clearly
Different teams in the organization would have different goals. Defining these goals clearly to the employees is a very important task in order to achieve them.
#06: Give feedback
Feedback mechanism helps individuals learn the mistakes they repeatedly make so that they can avoid them. A good boss always gives feedback to others and is open to feedback for himself as well.
#05: Be flexible and adaptable
Improvisation is the key. Not everybody can accomplish every task in defined time. Here lies the real test of a cool-headed boss. Successful boss steers his way through deadlines and cumbersome tasks while adapting to the requirement.
#04: Lead by example
Boss is the one who sets the standards within the organization. Entrepreneurs and successful bosses lead from the front rather than commanding from behind.
#03: Accept responsibilities
“Great power brings great responsibilities”. By delegating work, to the employees, the boss cannot detach himself with the responsibility of the outcome.
#02: Be humble and sensitive
This is perhaps the most crucial part in the relationship between boss and employee. Good bosses are polite and can very well empathize with the employees whenever required.
#01: Make plans that are true to the vision
A respected boss always has a long-term strategic plan in place. He devises the strategy and matches the current plans for the employees in such a way that they are coherent with the organizational vision.