Learn To Be A Great Boss

In your business you are the boss.

The chief will always be the chief. And unfortunately, whether the boss is right or not – he or she will always be the boss.

But what about the “head honcho” who charges through the office like a bull out of a pen?  What about the boss who shouts orders like a drill sergeant and who always interrupts conversations without respecting the staff who are perhaps discussing important business matters.

What about the boss who continually lays down the law but never gets around to managing the business because his or her door is always closed? 

Everyone has experienced a bad boss at one time or another. 

Bad bosses bring a reign of terror into the workplace which does little to promote goodwill.  There is confusion and chaos. There is little order.

Any boss who has this type of management style needs to have a good look at him or herself because these people need to learn the art of how to be a good boss.

What are some of the things a business owner can do to provide more harmony in the office and help employees to be more productive?

  • Be open-minded.
    Be open to change.  If you are to become a good boss or a good leader you must embrace changes to how you approach those who work for you. 
  • Get feedback.
    Be open with your staff and ask them about what goes on in the office. Ask them what they think about this issue, or that.  Listen to what they have to say and then become part of the problem-solving team, rather than the problem-causing person.
  • Think
    Whatever the problem may be, it’s counter-productive to make hasty decisions.  Think things through. Learn to become less of a reactionary and more of a person who takes action based on facts.  Ask your staff what they think of the situation and work together to solve the problems.
  • Stop being petty
    Sometimes staff members complain about small things that happen in the office.  Often these small things are caused by deeper issues that need to be addressed.  As a boss you sometimes have to ask staff members the tough question – that is, find out what is really bothering them.  You cannot solve minor squabbles and arguments unless you first find where the problem lies.
  • Say “no”
    It’s often not what you say, but how you say it.  There are times when you simply have to say no to the requests of your staff.  This should be done after careful consideration and not simply because you are in a bad mood or because you want to retain that “big boss” attitude.  Determine what is appropriate, after weighing all the issues then make a decision.  Your staff will respect you if you show leadership and base your decisions on facts and sound judgement rather than on silly emotion. 
  • Focus
    If you are to be a good leader you must have vision.  It is generally the “head person” who has the vision for the business.  If you are that person try and share your vision with your employees.  If they can catch the same vision they will be a great help in achieving that vision.  Your staff will contribute by focusing on the ultimate goals of the business and will work hard to help you achieve the goals you have discussed with them.

Being a good boss is not hard.  It only takes a little effort. Embrace necessary changes that can make you a good boss. Help yourself master you, not others.  If you work to be a respected mentor to those who look up to you will be surprised at the change in your office.

Your staff will respond.  Never forget that a wise chief sits with everyone inside the circle.

Don’t just settle for being a good boss – be a great boss.

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