The job of a boss isn’t as easy as it seems. You need to juggle business objectives, constant change, and individual employee needs and goals, and still produce effective results. While ensuring optimum results for the business, it is essential that you do not ignore employee satisfaction; after all, it’s the cumulative effort of everyone in the organization that helps make a business successful, isn’t it? And for this, it is essential that you are a good boss. So, do you want to know if you are one? If yes, gauge yourself with these 20 signs that easily define a good boss:
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- You attain genuine pleasure from helping others do their best work; and you measure your own success by theirs.
- You know your people (team members) well enough to manage them as individuals.
- You understand that your title gives you power, but intelligence to be fair and sincere gives you influence, which is more valuable than the former.
- Your feedback is regular, specific, sincere and constructive. People know where exactly they stand when you provide good quality feedback. Not just that… you always acknowledge and appreciate good/hard work, and ensure that your feedback isn’t always negative. In fact, whenever you spot “an area of improvement” (yes, I don’t want to call it a mistake or a negative attribute), you highlight it in a constructive way. Offering harsh feedback that is detrimental to the motivation of an employee is the quality of a bad boss.
- More than a few people on your team have saved notes of praise and appreciation that you’ve sent them. Your words carry impact.
- Your constructive and mature response to mistakes and problems has made your team members feel safe to bring you bad news, when necessary.
- You communicate your plans and goals clearly, to help your people understand their roles and responsibilities as members of your team.
- You hire people smarter than you are and aren’t intimidated by their knowledge.
- Your team members feel the ownership of their ideas and initiatives, because you share your power and control.
- You know it clearly when a top-down decision is the only thing that would do, e.g. times of crisis, high risk or high conflict. And your team appreciates it.
- You’re a continuous learner, always looking to improve your skills and knowledge that your team provides you with.
- Your employees know what you stand for and are happy to stand with you.
- You don’t micromanage; you trust your team to be smart enough to do their job their own way, even if you may have done it differently.
- You know how to have fun. People don’t work only for pay, and you help give them the other things they are here for (read: socialize, learn new things, meet people, sharpen skills, get ahead, and most importantly have fun.)
- You push, but know when to stop. Your employees have never complained of work pressure because you don’t push them beyond their capabilities. You understand different people may have different capabilities and you know how to make the most of each one of them.
- You have pleasing manners and regularly use words like “Please”, “Thank you”, etc… in a genuine tone!
- You treat employees like adults. A good boss would know that if an employee has to leave early, they have a good reason to do so. You not only treat them like adults but expect they will act that way which in turn fosters mutual respect.
- The hallmark of a bad boss is unfairness. If he or she plays favourites, has strange priorities, etc, it makes the work environment really unhealthy. A good boss is always fair, a good listener who teaches as well as learns.
- You know how to ensure your team is motivated without compromising on the quality of work.
- You inspire. A good boss will always be a great example of what he/she expects the team to be like.
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