Are You the Best Boss You Can Be?

teamDo you ever stop to wonder if you’re the best boss you can be?

By brushing up on your skills as a boss, you can lead your business more effectively, ultimately helping you to cultivate a more productive team, and a more impressive bottom line.

So what can you do today to be a better boss? Start with these seven steps….

Learn to Listen

As a boss, you probably find you need to talk a lot.

Meetings, reviews, delegation … you get the picture. To be a really good boss, it’s important to learn to listen too.

When your employees talk to you, give them your full attention. Don’t be distracted by email or filling out the latest spreadsheet.

Your employees are working in the field, so to speak, every day.

Listening to them will not only make them feel valued, it will give you access to new ideas and information.

Build a Culture of Communication

Take communication a step further, by building it into your company culture.

Encourage an open-door policy and make time to talk to your team, and time for them to talk to each other and share ideas.

Don’t stop in your immediate office.

Use tele or video conferencing, VoIP services or instant-messaging to stay in touch with telecommuters or employees in other offices.

Make Time for Your Employees

If your employees feel like they matter to you, they’re likely to work harder and be more loyal. Show them that they matter by making time for them.

As well as making time to listen to their job related concerns, make some time for them as people. Learn about who they are. Show an interest in their lives outside work.

Let your employees know that they matter to you as people, not just for what they achieve for your company.

Recognize Your Employees’ Strengths

The article “7 Ways to Be a Better Boss” explains the importance of recognizing your employees’ unique strengths.

All your employees have their own strengths, whether that’s creative thinking, organizational skills, or being a good people person.

Employees who are encouraged to play to their strengths will find greater job satisfaction, while you build the most effective team.

Avoid Micro-Managing

Showing support is great, but micro-managing is not.

Micro-managing sends the message that you don’t trust your employees, and will likely hamper their efforts to get their job done.

Instead of breathing down your employees’ necks, delegate tasks to the most qualified person and make sure they have all the knowledge they need to carry them out effectively.

Be Honest and Authentic

People don’t respond well to insincerity.

If you want to be an effective leader and engender respect, be honest and authentic with your employees. Let them see who you really are.

That includes owning up to your mistakes, and being honest about how things are in your business. If you made a wrong decision, or the bottom line isn’t looking the way it should, tell your employees. They’ll respect honesty far more than platitudes.

Don’t Be Afraid to Have Fun

Being a good boss doesn’t mean being in super-efficient mode all the time. Don’t be afraid to have a little fun, and encourage your employees to do the same.

From desk massages to free healthy snacks or even simply taking a time out for a coffee and a chat, a little fun in the work day creates a more relaxed atmosphere, and ultimately encourages productiveness.

Improving your skills as a boss is an important investment in your business.

By being the best you can be, you encourage others to do the same, and learn the right skills to make the most of your team.

About the Author: Tristan Anwyn writes on a variety of topics including social media, how to build customer relationships, content marketing and how to be a better boss.