Seven Personality Traits of an Amazing Boss

It’s shocking, but around 50 percent of employees who quit their positions do so because they have a bad boss. Having a boss who doesn’t know what he’s doing, or a boss whose mean and unfair is also the biggest cause of disharmony, disengagement and poor performance in any organisation.

It is for these reasons that it is important that you do whatever you can to ensure that you or the managers you appoint are great bosses. How, by ensuring that you have some of the personality traits of an amazing boss.

1. Optimism

I would be lying, and you wouldn’t believe me if I said that it is possible for things to always run smoothly in business — things are always going to go wrong occasionally. That’s why it’s important that, as a boss, you have a positive outlook on life.

If when things go wrong, you can put a positive spin on it and look to the future with optimism, you’ll be able to steer your staff through those choppy waters with ease and bring them along with you. If you’re negative, everyone will be bummed out, and productivity will undoubtedly drop as a result.

Learning optimism

It can be tough to develop an optimistic outlook if it isn’t your default setting, but keeping a gratefulness journal, where you point out the positive things in life each day and repeating optimistic mantras when things aren’t going right can really help you to get better at this.

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2. Honesty

Honesty really is the best policy, especially in boss-client relations. Why? Because one likes to be lied to especially when it affects their job and quite possibly their livelihood.

Amazing bosses are the ones who are always willing to speak truth to their staff, no matter how good or bad it might be. By being transparent, they gain respect and ensure that employees feel secure in their work, which can really boost morale and productivity.

Of course that saying that knowledge is power also holds true in business, which is another reason to be truthful.

Develop a habit of honesty

Start by admitting any small mistakes that you make throughout the working week. It might feel really hard at first, but you’ll soon see how much better it makes your employees feel to know that you too are infallible and that you won’t push your mistakes onto others. Once you can admit your own personal failings, it’s much easier, to be honest about pretty much everything.

3. Fairness

An amazing boss must be fair at all times. That means, you can’t afford to play favorites, and if you know that it’s a client being difficult, not your employees being bad at your job you must know how to fire a toxic client and be willing to do so.

Stand up for your staff against bad employees and treat everyone in the office absolutely equally and you will be loved by all except, perhaps, those toxic clients.

Developing a sense of fairness

Humans are naturally programmed to favor their friends and allies, but you can increase your sense of fairness by spending more time with your employees, giving them equal opportunities to be with you and express their feelings.

You should also ensure that if you discipline or praise one person for a particular thing, then you should do the same to everyone who does it. That way, no one can accuse you of playing favourites, and pretty soon the thought of doing so won’t even enter your mind.

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4. Delegation

An amazing boss should also be good at delegation. Knowing you want your employees to be happy and your business to run as smoothly as possible, you can’t just go handing out assignments haphazardly. You need to understand your employees’ strengths and weaknesses. This will allow you to be more effective in assigning tasks.

If you have a knack for doing this then your staff will enjoy their work. This leads to more productivity and less of your time spent micromanaging — a common annoyance for all involved.

Learning to delegate

Start by getting to know your staff’s strengths and weaknesses and trusting them to know what to do. I know it is, like many of the things in this post, a lot easier said than done, but practice makes perfect.

5. Good Communication

Good bosses are bosses who know that communication is one of the most important factors in building a successful business. After all, if you do not communicate effectively with your employees, how are they to know what is expected of them or what needs to be done?

Of course, part of being a good communicator is knowing when to keep your mouth shut and knowing how to effectively explain things and motivate your team. It only takes a few misplaced words to strike discord in your team. You don’t want to become the kind of boss that drives people away from the company.

Becoming a better communicator

Think before you speak, use as few words as possible to explain various concepts, and perhaps take a course in leadership communication or public speaking. If you aren’t already, you’ll be an excellent communicator in no time at all.

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6. Inspirational

Amazing bosses don’t just get on well with their teams and make the time spent at work as pleasant as possible — they also inspire their staff. They do everything they can to help their employees achieve more and be more.

They are willing to let staff have time off for personal development, and they will invest in courses and events to boost their employee’s skills. They will also lead by example.

Learning to inspire

If you aren’t already an inspirational individual, or at least not as inspirational as you think you could be, start working on some of your own dreams and ambitions in your own time. Your zest for life and passion for improving yourself will rub off on your employees and give you a passion for helping them too.

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7. Team Player

An amazing boss is a team player. He or she does not think that she’s bigger and better than any other employee in the business. If you want to be seen as a great boss then be as willing to get stuck in on the ground floor as you are to take executive meetings.

Be willing to do this without any complaints. Getting involved with your employees will help to keep them motivated and focused on the goal at hand and ahead. It helps to eliminate divisions based on perceived rank in the workplace.

Being part of the team

I know team-building exercises get a bad rap, but going away for a weekend with your staff, so you can really get to know them is a good place to start. As is realising that every role in your business is vital to the successful running of the place, which means that no job is too demeaning for you or anyone else.

If you have, or you know you can develop, as many of these traits as possible, then you are undoubtedly going to be a good boss — a fair boss — a boss that makes people want to stick around rather than go running for the hills, and that’s exactly what you need to be if you want your company to be productive and successful in today’s global market.

5 Vital Entrepreneurial Skills and Abilities You Should Possess

If you are someone who likes to think of themselves as something of an entrepreneur, then you are by no means alone. There are many entrepreneurs out there and they all work in a number of distinct and different ways.

However, that doesn’t mean that they are entirely different. As it happens, there are a number of skills and abilities which most have in common.

If you are looking to become the best entrepreneur you can possibly be then studying the habits and attitudes of others is always going to be a good idea.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the top entrepreneurial skills and abilities. Do you have them all?

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Good Eye For Detail

There are so many occasions in business when it really pays to have a good eye for detail. This is something that can be quite hard to develop if you do not already have it, but nonetheless there is always something you can do to improve your observation skills.

When it comes to applying this particular skill to a business, the best way to practice is to just make sure you do it at every possible opportunity. That means always being on the lookout for every minor and tiny thing which might be of relevance.

At first, it is difficult to know whether you are looking at the right details. But over time, you gradually get used to it. Eventually, you will develop a keen instinct for what i likely to be important, and what can probably be ignored. This will serve you well in the future of your business, for certain.

Make sure you practice your eye for detail at every possible opportunity, and you will be able to be a much more capable manager within your business, and much less prone to making mistakes.

Fairness

The way that you treat other people says a lot about your style as an entrepreneur, and this is something that is always worth looking at and working on. Above all, the people you deal with want to be treated with fairness.

This runs over into most everything you do, from hiring and firing people in your business to dealing with partners and traders. Although you want to get the best possible deal for yourself and your business, you should also make sure that you are always making an effort to be as fair as possible as well.

Fairness comes in many forms, but overall it is a quality which tends to just leak out when you have it, and be quite obvious when you don’t. In order to develop it fully, you have to really care, and to put it into practice at some of the hardest moments in your daily work life.

Reading guides such as The Nice Guy’s Guide To Firing Someone will give you a good start on knowing how to be fair in difficult circumstances, as will taking courses in being personable and friendly.

Be sure to develop this if you want to be respected and taken seriously in your work life.

Foresight

Nobody ever knows for certain what is going to happen in the future, but some people do seem to have an uncanny ability to predict events strangely accurately. If you have this skill, you will find that it serves you well for a long time to come. If you don’t, the good news is that it is the kind of thing you can most definitely develop.

If you do want to develop your foresight, you should make an effort to learn how the markets work, what kind of changes affect them and so on. There is a certain mathematics to it, and once you start to gain an understanding of it you will find that your ability to know what is coming next improves dramatically.

It goes without saying that the ability to have a strong foresight will serve you well in any business venture, so this might be one of the most important qualities to try and develop in yourself.

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Confidence

People often make the grave mistake of thinking that confidence is something that you either have or don’t have. However, this is not the case.

No matter how confident or not you currently feel, you can always find ways to improve it — and if you want to get ahead in the world of business, you probably should work on your confidence as much as you can.

One of the best ways to develop your confidence is to go out of your comfort zone a little every now and then. It is by doing this, and proving to yourself little by little that you are capable of achieving things, that you can develop greater and greater confidence.

This is the best way to get ahead with your confidence levels, and you will find that it just naturally improves as time goes on. This will easily bleed over into your work life, and your business is bound to drastically improve in many ways as a result of this internal change within you.

Persistence

In the world of business, all sorts of things can happen to uproot what you already have in place. This is just the nature of it, but it can easily lead people to become disillusioned with the whole practice of running a business.

This is why the quality of persistence is frequently quite such an important thing for entrepreneurs to have. As long as you have the ability to carry on despite whatever might have gone before, then you will find that you get ahead much faster than those who don’t have this quality.

Of course, this is hard to learn if you don’t naturally feel this way inclined. But if you do want to become more persistent, try to see setbacks not as failures but opportunities.

This simple change of mind will make everything much easier, and help you to carry on when times get tough.

At the very least, it will keep you happy and sane in the process.