I really hope that you are fortunate enough to work for a great boss. I have worked in the fitness industry, Insurance claims and in retail sales, and I have worked for some great bosses over the years. I have also worked for bosses that have been simply a nightmare to work for and the difference between them is immense.
I have put together this list of 12 things great bosses do every day. It might be interesting for you to compare your current boss to my list. Or if it is the case that you are the boss in a company, how many of these traits do you have?
1. They lead by example.
A great boss will practice what they preach. They enjoy rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in with their team. They put aside their rank and position and do whatever it takes to get a great job done.
2. They communicate effectively.
All great bosses are also great communicators. They know how to interact with people at every level to get the very best from them. They have the skill to make people come alive and feel great about themselves and the job that they are doing. Great bosses can easily and effectively communicate what their organizations core values are, and they always back up what they say.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. William Arthur Ward
3. They reward good performance.
Rather than following the carrot and stick management approach or just stick approach in some cases. A great boss will always acknowledge or reward when a good job is done, or when someone over achieves in his or her role. A great boss is always mindful of the performance of their team and will be quick to celebrate any milestone.
Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another. – John C. Maxwell
4. They are great decision makers.
All great bosses are excellent decision makers. They are incredibly decisive and they never flip-flop when making important decisions.
5. They develop expertise.
A great boss will develop adequate expertise at every level of their business. This is a wonderful way of gaining respect from their team. They don’t just rely on their job title as they are comfortable and competent doing any task.
6. They make people think for themselves.
A truly great boss will challenge their team to think, stretch and grow as people. These bosses know that they are not omnipotent and that great leadership is getting everyone to pull and think together as one.
Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position. – Brian Tracy
7. They share their vision.
A great boss can clearly share his or her vision and get everyone working together effectively. They are not office keyboard warriors, but instead they will strive to communicate at a personal level. A great boss is clear when sharing their objectives and they recognize the importance of the role that everyone plays in the company.
8. They strive to over achieve and excel.
A great boss will want to get the very best out of everyone, and in return they will always get the best possible performance from their team. They don’t believe in settling for adequate results. They understand the importance of over achieving has for the company and the morale and growth of their team.
9. They are problem solvers.
A great boss will always tackle any problem head on and they understand that effective problem solving requires a controlled mixture of analytical and creative thinking. A great boss will have an instinctive can-do attitude.
10. They ask questions and are open to different points of view.
A great boss will be open to listen to other points of views and suggestions that will help to get the job done. They know that they don’t have all the answers and that there is a wealth of knowledge in their team.
11. They hire great people.
A great boss understands the importance of gathering a great team together. When assembling a team they know how important it is to keep toxic people away and how important it is to gather great people together.
12. They develop others to become great bosses.
A great boss will inspire others to excel and grow as individuals. They are thrilled when others have ambition and want to better themselves and they encourage and develop others when they can. They totally believe in constant and never-ending improvement in both themselves and their team.