Ever worked for an awesome boss? Enjoy yourself? Working with the right people helps to encourage passion and drive businesses to their goals. That’s why people such as Richard Branson and Theo Pathitis have managed to do so well! Here’s a little list of 6 key traits awesome bosses have:
In his latest book, “Why Leaders eat last”, Simon Sinek talks about the importance of trust and how without it, we protect ourselves from internal issues, lowering our focus on external opportunities and making us more susceptible to external threats. It is trust that transforms a group of people into a team. Three simple ways to develop trust include being honest (good or bad), being fair to all your team and show you’re a team player by getting stuck in. When you your team feel trusted, they’ll stop worrying and start performing.
CREATE A COMMUNITY
Awesome bosses know that when people work in silos they become selfish and can often forget the bigger picture. By creating a community working environment you help people to collaborate and work for “the team” rather than themselves. Think of it like this, have you ever not cancelled an activity because you’re going with a friend but you would have cancelled if you were going solo.
LITTLE WORK PERKS
There’s a reason innovative firms like Google provide free/subsidised food and drink for employees and it’s not because they want to make them fat. Our chums over at The Office Pantry provide a variety of snacks and fruit for the workplace or you could get your team a Squash Stix Display cube to keep them hydrated and focused.
We’ve all worked for a boss that doesn’t have a clear vision and succinctly layout what is expected from us and that never ends well. Be clear and honest with your team about what you expect and when. They’ll respect you for it and know where they stand. Note: Be prepared to listen to your team if they feel your expectations are too high and ready to collaborate on a way of achieving the goal or something close.
Praise is good!
There’s a reason you add on that item to your To-Do List only to immediately cross it off… Dopamine. Dopamine gives us a little hit of pleasure which makes us want more. Rewarding success can help you to garner the behaviours and results you want!
PROMOTE CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Awesome bosses want their team to develop and improve. By encouraging your team to focus in an area of expertise within your industry you can develop them and your business results. If you help to facilitate this development you’re also more likely to develop loyalty from your team.
So there you have it – 6 Simple traits you need to demonstrate to be an awesome boss. Good luck!