5 tips that make a great boss

Posted on 08-01-2014 by
Tags: connect , Upgrading Your Skills , people , career management , business development

It has been said time and time again, people don’t leave bad companies they leave bad bosses. No matter how brilliant a company’s products and/or services may be, if management is dysfunctional, that company will have serious problems. It may not be immediate, but it’s nearly a guarantee that it will happen. This concept may sound like a no-brainer, but it continues to happen across all companies and industries, both big and small.

According to a recent article Micromanagers: Flushing Companies Down the Toilet, One Detail at a Time, employees don’t just come to work for a paycheck. Yes, SOME do, but research suggests that most people are not simply extrinsically motivated. They are intrinsically motivated and would rather be respected and praised for their work instead of just paid more.

To put it simply – Leave employees alone to do the work in peace, and they will be productive and engaged advocates for your business.

5 tips that make a great boss

  1. Communication: A great boss is a communicator who has the ability to relate deeply to others, someone who is able to empathize and recognize the talents in their employees and peers. They have strong emotional intelligence and self-awareness, and speak and act with integrity.
  2. Delegation: Great leaders know when and how to delegate and, for the most part, remain removed from the project, trusting their employees to be professional and produce results. They know that being involved in the granular details of these projects is a waste of their time, and inhibits their employees from feeling free to do great work. They know that they should trust their employees and don’t micromanage to the point of distraction.
  3. Fairness: There is a difference between treating employees equally and treating them fairly. Let’s face it: Not all employees are equal. Everyone is different. Some employees create different value within the organization. A great boss treats everyone fairly, but not equally.
  4. Humility: Great bosses understand that the business is not about them. Leaders have to be able to talk and listen to their employees on all levels of the company. At the same time, they must have the respect of their employees, the kind of respect that’s earned by being honest, having integrity, and being humble.
  5. Responsibility: Leaders take responsibility for their actions. If you make a mistake, own it. Don’t blame others for your lack of self-awareness, or make excuses for failed projects and blown deadlines.


Posted on : 6 Aug 2014 8:14 PM

Thanks for sharing these tips.  

Posted on : 3 Mar 2015 12:56 PM

Great tips, indeed!

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