Libraries are full of books and articles written on the subject of Leadership and Management Development. Here is a short list to think about and apply if you’re in agreement:
- A Great Boss is a genuinely good person. They know that they must work with other people and the success of the organization is based on the performance of all the employees, including the boss. They may be demanding and hold others accountable, but they do it in a way that shows respect for the employee.
- A Great Boss is a good communicator. Anyone in leadership has to be able to clearly communicate the why, when, where, what and how something needs to be done, at all levels of the organization.
- A Great Boss shows humility. They are willing to give the credit for good things to those that participated in the effort, but take the responsibility for when something is wrong.
- A Great Boss knows the value of training. They know that every employee within the organization needs to refresh their skills continually. They may do this by class room, on-line courses, mentoring, or informal work sessions.
- A Great Boss deals with negative situations immediately. They don’t leave problems for others to deal with or hope they will go away. They address problems or negative situations immediately.
- A Great Boss holds themselves and others accountable. Every person in a position of leadership must take accountability seriously. They must set up processes to insure everyone knows what needs to be done, how well is it being done and the ramifications to the organization if the desired results are not achieved.
- A Great Boss does what they say they will do. Integrity is key to a boss and to retain the respect of those within their area of responsibility. They are not just people of words, they are people of action.
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