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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.