4 qualities of a good BOSS – Do we have them (or does our BOSS have them?)
Posted September 26, 2010on:
What is the main function of a supervisor or ‘the Boss’? We can come up with countless ideas on the main function of a boss. However, it is widely accepted that the main function of a boss is to motivate.
The boss need not to be present every time to see the employee working properly. So, let’s look around and see who is the great boss around us? We can find answer in our family.
The best bosses are….
They know how to motivate, educate and discipline.
What are the four characteristics of good bosses?
1. Good bosses simplify things and ideas:
Good bosses ensure that their sub-ordinates understand the objective and the expectations about results in simple and clear terms.
2. Good bosses are great informers
What are the three key roles of information for a boss?
To a good boss, information has three functions: to inform, to instruct and to motivate
Information needs to be balanced. A good boss understands that passing too much information may prove to be harmful. Therefore, a good boss understands that: “The information that doesn’t push people forward and get them on the right track is need less information”
3. A good boss does not have to be a boss
People try to make sweeping changes when they become boss. They blame predecessors and try to knock down previous policies (does this sound familiar?).
Good bosses make slow changes and not sweeping changes when they become a boss. Instead of criticizing the past, they learn from the past and build the present for a better future. A good boss does not have to be a boss. He helps people so that eventually, they won’t need him. It is said that one of the characteristics of a good leader is that when the work gets finished, people say: We did it ourselves!.
4. A good boss does not need to be a star
A coach or a boss is not good in all areas of work. Every one has got his / her weakness and strength. A good boss knows about his / her strengths and let others cover his / her weaknesses.
What are your thoughts about a good boss?
The ideas are from Mark H. Mc Cormack’s book: 110% solution