Does being the boss just mean you tell people what to do? Orders can be executed by anyone, but a great leader surely does more than just bark instructions. Is a good leader someone who listens much like a counselor? Is it about their mindset or individual personality traits? Can you train someone to becomes a good leader? Firstly, let’s look at the traits of poor leadership.
What makes a bad boss?
We’ve all had them. That one boss whose very name makes you shiver or grit your teeth. There are the ones who don’t know your name, don’t remember details about your life or ask how you are but don’t wait for the answer. A bad boss doesn’t take control of a situation and there are times when you really must lead from the front. A poor leader favours certain staff and isn’t brave enough to call out slackers. A bad boss will blame others or throw staff under the bus when issues arise. So, what makes a strong leader?
There are so many elements to being a good leader, so we have listed just a few:
- Mentorship – guide your team to be better
It’s not just about telling people what to do and when, you really want to be their guide and coach. Mentorship gives your staff a hands-off approach but supports them at the same time so that they can achieve.
- Say thank you
By that it’s not just those words coming out of mouths, it’s more of a demonstration that staff crave. Whilst there is an expectation that people do their jobs, it doesn’t hurt to say thanks to your people. Whether it’s a bonus, a team bonding awayday, a meal out or just give staff a raise; make it count.
- Be able to make the tough decisions
No one wants to make hard decisions, but it really is part of being a good leader. There will be times in business where you must make tough calls for the greater good. Not everyone is cut out to stand and face people with difficult decisions.
- Have integrity and honesty
It really does still count in the world. People can just tell when someone is lying or insincere. Ultimately you are dealing with people and honesty earns respect.
- Possess the ability to inspire
Everyone has those days where it’s either tough personally or the whole business is up against it. Mindset is everything and a great leader knows what to say or do to pull those reserves of strength from their team.
- Invest in your people
They are your most important asset, and they need to know that. People feel invested in when you give them training, set realistic targets and hand them the tools to progress so that they feel empowered.
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