BE A GOOD BOSS
‘BE A GOOD BOSS’
Remember that as a boss you are a team coach and so you must always bring your A Game on.
It is indeed a privilege to be a boss because you are in a leadership role, you are in a position or influence. Hard work, dedication and recognition of your initiatives may have got you there but having a good work ethic will definitely keep you there. Below are 8 tips that our Samspops life coach offers on how to slay as a good boss.
1. You may be used to be getting things done all by yourself, but you have a team for a reason so learn how to delegate. If you have difficulty doing this then it means that there is a deeper issue going on here, like a lack of trust in your team. However, unless your team members have consistently shown you they cannot be trusted then you have to learn to assign tasks appropriately – this helps build confidence and capacity in your team. Delegating work also alleviates pressure off you and gives you time to do what you are really paid to do.
2. Openly recognise team members, nothing boosts members of the team more than when a boss recognises their hard efforts. It is definitely a good source of motivation and can also create a little bit of healthy competition within the team ( which isn’t a bad thing) this can help increase productivity also. Everybody would want to give their best when they know that they are likely to be praised for it.
3. When you are giving developmental feedback to your team make sure you give it in a constructive way otherwise you could leave someone feeling totally demoralized. Rather start off by saying something positive to your employee then give the developmental feedback after which you can end by saying something positive. This makes the feedback easier to receive as it shows that you can see the good in the team member and are advising on the areas that need improving on. However, if you can’t find anything positive to say then maybe you need to think about whether or not you have the right staff member or not.
3. Although there must be a clear line of distinction between boss and subordinate you must have some sort of rapport with your team. If you don’t encourage an open environment then it is easier for challenges within the team to be hidden. As a boss you are a coach/mentor and your team members are your mentees. You should have periodic discussions with your team members where you can align on work objectives. You must coach and advise and find out if there any challenges the team member is facing that is impacting his/her work even if it is personal so you can come up with solutions together. In Africa we like to take those that are younger than us as our junior brothers and sisters, so let the team know they have your support.
4. If you are a boss and you have a team member who is older than you, although you must remain professional and assign them tasks without fear or favour you must always give that person the respect as someone who is older because at the end of the day we have our culture – and our culture demands that we respect our elders.
5. Keep personal information personal, whether it is about yourself or about another staff member, divulging really personal information can be the fastest way to lose credibility.
6. According to toughnickel.com you must listen to your staff, give them that attention, if not you may miss a good idea.
7. You must lead by example. At the end of the day if you are not happy or enthused about your job, how do you expect your team to be? It is ok to be honest and tell your employees the reality of being a boss but don’t be discouraging, it won’t help your bigger agenda.
8. Finally, smile (at least sometimes) with your team because they are the ones who will help you achieve your goals and the company vision. Happier staff, happier customers.