Most times, the duty of being in charge of people is usually very tedious, irrespective of the number of people involved.
When you have to lead, guide or be the shot caller, one is usually stuck between two hard rocks- the rock of pleasing, and of course that of doing what is right.
This is the main reason why a lot of people shy away from leadership positions because they know that it is quite hard to please everyone and still do the work at hand efficiently.
However, there are tips that one can apply as a leader in order to see to it that the job to be done do not suffer while one is still every one’s favorite.
Here are 20 tips for you on how to be a good leader or boss, you do not have to shy away from leading people if you have this tips and apply them.
How To Be A Good Leader/Boss
- Know your Followers or Employees
For you to lead a group of people while expecting their optimum cooperation and good result in return, you have to get to know everyone.
Whether in your team, committee or in any other place where you are the head, getting to know your members/ followers is the key.
To know each person personally, you will be able to ask casually how their son is feeling or how their daughter is adjusting to the new school.
This, make employees feel connected to you personally and not just feel like a part of the huge crowd.
- Recognize weakness and strength
For you to put everyone in a position where they will be able to perform optimally, you have to know their strength and weakness.
It’s all a part of getting to know them as well. In this case, you know who to assign each duty to and the one who will perform diligently.
A “thank you” will never cost you a thing, not even your self respect if it is said in appreciation.
Appreciate your employees in cash or kind or any other way you can. Let them know you feel them doing their job and you are really glad about that. It’s all a part of being a good boss.
- Do not be aloof
Some employees find it very hard to approach their bosses. Avoid being like that. Of course, you can still garner the respect you deserve with being close to your employees on a minimal level. Make yourself approachable. It will put you in your employees’ good book.
- Use kind words
When you have to correct, when you want to reject or have to face something negative with your employees, use kind words with them.
Avoid screaming, shouting or throwing things. It puts people on the edge, and in the end you may end up not getting the desired result from work.
- Be Considerate
When you have to assign tasks to others, be considerate. Do not give out much work to someone who cannot handle it.
Even if you have to do that, reason with them and let them know there is no choice but that everyone should take on extra works.
Do not let yourself be an exception in this too though.
- Avoid finding faults at all times
When you spot a fault or a mistake, remember that no one is perfect and you could also make the same mistake. Rather than shouting and pointing fingers, work together with your employees to mend it.
- Be caring
Being a good boss requires one to be caring. Care about your employee’s life and give good advice when needed, their personal life sometimes reflects in the way they handle work.
Let their health also be of concern to you.
Everyone needs motivation once in a while, motivate your employees and brighten them up.
When things don’t seem to be going well at work, as a good boss, motivate them not to give up and encourage them as much as possible.
- Allow employees to share opinions and contribute
Do not always be the only one contributing the idea. Employees like to be listened to.
Ask them to share their opinion on an issue when you are at a meeting, do not be quick to hush them.
Listen with care and attention and as well as appreciate them even if you aren’t going to support their ideas.
- Attend parties and events, when invited
Yes! You are the boss, you want the respect. Attending the party wouldn’t lessen it. Turn down some and accept the ones you can.
Parties are your opportunity to get personal with your employees. There, way more than work is discussed, and again you never know what you might find out each employee at the party.
- Be You!
Pretending to be someone else will earn you nothing but indignity. If you aren’t yourself, then most time, you will find yourself confused, indirectly you confuse your employees too.
To be a good boss, be yourself, know your yourself, your strength and even your weakness.
- Lead by example
In the long run, you will find out that not only kids imitate, but adults do so too. If you expect everyone to stay at work later than necessary, do so with example.
Do not neglect them by leaving .With you staying, you find out they aren’t so reluctant to stay behind as well.
- Keep track of birthdays or other dates
As insignificant as it may be, try to keep track of employees’ birthdays or other important days in their life.
You do not have to do that personally though, you can ask your personal assistant or secretary to do that. Then, you send a gift. This makes employees feel important and appreciated.
Way more than you giving them the chance to share their opinion or be approachable, you have to be willing to listen as well.
To be a good leader, you have to listen to the important things they have to say. Whether it’s an observation or a problem, listen. It’s an easy way of getting to know each person’s strength and weakness.
- Value your employees
Truly there may be many people out there waiting to take their position if they leave, but will the people waiting put in the same time and energy as your present employees? Value them, tell them and show them frequently that you do.
- Admit it when you make mistakes
Most bosses try to cover up their own mistakes or even put the blame on someone else when they make mistakes. To be a good leader who is respected, own up to your mistakes honestly.
- Help everyone to improve
If you have gotten to know your employees, then you know their weakness and strength.
When there are chances for them to improve, allow them to make use of it. Online courses, extra classes, team mentoring amidst others are ways to help them to improve.
Know that their improvement will reflect on their work output.
- Be disciplined
Of course, you want to be a good boss, of course you want to be loved, but do not allow that to affect your level of discipline.
Maintain it as much as you can and keep to practicable principles. This will help you in driving productivity.
- Improve Yourself
To be a good leader, you also have to improve yourself while you are improving your employees. If you want to earn their respect, go the extra miles to work on yourself.