Saturday, April 20, 2013

First Person: I am a great boss because I am not your friend

Listening is one of the most important qualities any great boss should have. It is extremely important to have effective communication skills, especially in the workplace. Without communication in the workplace, there is no production, and without production, there is no success. I listen.

Below are some ways that I exemplify a great boss on a daily basis.

Macro-managing. Micromanaging embodies workplace bullying at its finest and is quite malicious. I am a great boss because I refuse to do it. In order to have an effective team, kicking someone when they are down is never the answer.

Empower and Empathize. I invest my time in empowering my team, not rejecting them. One of the most problematic issues that occur in workplaces today are that some leaders focus on being negative and critical. Since day one I believe the key to being a great leader is to have a strong decorum and ability to empathize with a worker.

Optimism. In order to be a great boss, one must be open-minded yet optimistic. Sure I possess self-awareness, as any effective leader should, but I am also relatively universal in terms of decision making and look at any situation fully rather than one dimensionally.

Encourage Strengths. It is important to recognize the strengths over the weaknesses. I believe in order to develop a successful team, you must recognize a worker's individual strength and morale.

Put out Fires Quickly. I believe in addressing problems instantaneously before they become a major issue. Without addressing the obvious problem before it turns into an even greater issue, you'll never find a real solution. It is important to extinguish the fire quick.

Love the Job. This is the key to being a great boss and leader. To possess the experience, education and skills to complete the job is one thing, but to actually love your job...well, that love triumphs everything. In order to be a great boss you have to love what you do or you're never going to be successful.

I am a great boss because I am not your friend. When it comes to establishing a strong work ethic with a team of hard workers, I never mix business with pleasure. When you are working, it should always be about business and nothing else.