Being a Better Boss

Turning yourself into a better boss is not easy, but it’s always possible. You may remember good or bad superiors from your past. What were the attributes that you agreed with, liked to emulate, or tried to avoid?

As a boss, you have many tasks: getting to know the corporate policies and politics, understanding your staff’s skills and needs, dealing with corporate budgeting constraints, dealing with requests from internal and external clients, smoothing ruffled feathers, dealing with issues, and jumping into fires — never an easy day.

As the ideal boss, how do you meet everyone’s expectation? Are you diligent in your tasks? Do you manage your meetings with leadership and clarity? Do you give staff as much autonomy as they can handle? Do you listen to staff suggestions and give credit where it’s due?

If you were to poll your staff, without fear of retribution for their honest answers would they agree with your perception of yourself as a boss?

Here are some fine points to consider.

  • Do you know your staff well enough to see when they are stressed?
  • Are you able to help them with issues that slow them down?
  • Do you take the time to meet and listen to their thoughts?
  • Do you ask them to participate regularly in future decisions?
  • Are you strong enough to weed out the underacheivers?

There should be no surprises. You are what you do, what you say, how you act, how you react. Be the best you can be, figure out any deficiencies, and expand your skills.

We think of change as being bad sometimes, but this is not one of those times. Change with the needs around you. You can do it.

If you’re the boss of a person or team, how do you think your staff would rate you?

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