8 Ways To Be A Great Leader And Not A Terrible Boss

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For everyone who is a part of the corporate industry (or even startup and small business sector) knows that having a dignified, motivating guidance means half the job done.

Unfortunately, not everyone at the top understands the amount of responsibility they carry; with the lack of interest for everyone’s individual benefit, what often happens is bosses losing their guiding compass and, instead of guiding their employees into success – they lead them into both individual and collective failure.

For everyone who owns an entrepreneurship or they are just appointed boss-man or boss-woman with an interest to keep the business thriving and their people upbeat, motivated and happy, we’re laying out a few guidelines that will help you understand ways to separate yourself from a role of tyrant and mould yourself into a role of a inspiring, supporting leader:

1) Love Your People

Unless you truly enjoy working with people, you will never be able to fit into a role of a good boss. To build successful relationships with the employees at your workplace, you need to have a genuine respect and love for them. Naturally, there will always be those who you like more or less (and that’s okay) but a general liking of people is crucial.

2) Understand You Are One of Them

Unless you were a God-appointed boss, you are just the same as your employees are. You were in their shoes at a point and you’ve probably worked your as* off to get where you are. And that’s honorable. The fact you’ve managed to single yourself out from the crowd of seemingly successful people is very respectable, we applaud. However, don’t ever expect others to have the same motivations as they do; accept them for their own talents, strivings, and ambitions and let them grow and develop towards their own goals. Recognize what’s good in each of your employees and help them nurture it.

Your employees aren’t your minions even though they are your subordinates. They are individuals with unique personalities, talents, and traits – just as you are. Forget all about “If I could do it, they can do it, too” and embrace the “Let’s see what we can do to make this happen.”

3) Be Adaptable and Understanding

Obviously, there are deadlines and expectations you are burdened with and your employees know it. However, in order to get to job done faster, adapting to the existing circumstance of things is crucial.

Unlike bosses who tend to be very rigid in their plans for project completions, leaders understand that they must follow the existing climate and situation of things, and adapt their personal style to their team members’ needs. They establish expectations clearly, understand and value each team member’s individuality and adapt their leadership approach as necessary.

4) Guide, Don’t Control, Your Team

A great number of bosses are micromanagers who feel the need to control every action; leaders, on the other hand, know that, given the right direction and support rather than control, their team will accomplish great things.

Establish frameworks and structure rather than bully into actions and empower your teams to get the work done, providing support along the way.

5) Delegate With A Clear Mind

Bosses never fully delegate anything as they may feel no one else can do the job as well as they can; leaders, however, always delegate properly. They assign tasks and then let go but they do inspect the process and expect follow-ups periodically. This is not to control but rather ensure the employees are on track to achieve the desired results.

6) Give Credit, Accept Blame

What we’re all aware of is that “bosses love to take credit for their teams’ successful results — and they’re the first to throw them under the bus when those goals are not achieved as desired”. So disrespectful.

In contrast, leaders keep their egos in check as they know their success comes from their teams’ efforts. A true leader will accept personal responsibility when a project fails and showcase their teams’ efforts when they succeed.

With a healthy attitude towards things, a leader is not only pushing his people into an even more successful arena, but they are also dodging being the target of employees’ strikes (these can last for months and cost you terribly), suing (with a good personal injury lawyer everyone knows how tough on a company things can go), resignations, etc. If you are a good leader, everything works out for the best.

7) Motivate In A Healthy Way

Leaders motivate through recognition of their team’s strengths and potentials; they encourage even those individuals who don’t see greatness in themselves, they cheer and celebrate, even the smallest of successes. Bosses motivate through fear.

8) Remind, Don’t Scold

Bosses scold and shout; they humiliate in front of everyone and keep their employees feeling disposable (at any second). Leaders reprimand rather than shout or scold or shout. When necessary, a leader will privately talk to the employee, offers constructive criticism and support for progress. Unlike an airheaded boss, the leader talks to the person without any spike in temper. And that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

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Nate Vickery is a business technology expert mostly focused on future trends applicable to SMB and startup marketing and management processes. He has also been blogging in the past few years about before mentioned topics on various leading sites and communities. In the little free time left, Nate edits a business oriented website - Bizzmarkblog.com (website link below as home icon)

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