Is Your Boss an Effective Leader?
When you enter a new workplace, you will quickly get a sense of what life will be like there. Annoying co-workers, tedious assignments and/or long commutes will make work less pleasant. However, none of these factors matter as much as the quality of management. All of the aforementioned drawbacks can be tolerable if you are fortunate enough to work with an effective leader.
By contrast, having an ineffective boss can be a nightmare. No matter how good other aspects of your job are, having to work with poor management can make the job unbearable. A lack of effective leadership is usually the culprit and will cause disorganization, micromanagement, excessive bureaucracy, favouritism, and a lack of ownership.
The following traits are shown by bosses that understand how to be leaders.
1. They bring out the best in people
An effective leader knows how to identify a person’s strengths and leverage them in their role to the maximum effect. By placing people in the right position, you will give them the ability to shine. In the long run, this will benefit both the employee as well as the company.
2. They foster a sense of community
A leader will provide employees with equal opportunities based on merit, instead of picking favourites. By treating everybody equally, employees will take notice and work together as a single, cohesive unit.
3. They promote transparency
Management cannot provide employees with all personal or sensitive details pertaining to certain business decisions. However, they need to communicate new changes to their team and accept their input. A boss that explains the reasons for decisions and changes will demonstrate that they see themselves as a member of the team.
4. They give people a sense of ownership and purpose
Each employee has tasks that they are required to complete. While some employees are content doing the bare minimum, the majority want to do more than what is expected of them. An effective leader knows when to back off and let a talented employee do what they do best.
Contact your local Business Coach Rob Carol to learn how you can improve the effectiveness of your management team.