Leadership Tip

How to be an effective boss

Effective bosses try to make work meaningful and enjoyable for employees. They’re most successful when they adhere to a few best practices:

  1. Manage individuals, not just teams. When you’re under pressure, you can forget that employees have varying interests, abilities, goals, and styles of learning. But it’s important to understand what makes each person tick so that you can customise your interactions with them.
     
  2. Go big on meaning. Inspire people with a vision, set challenging goals, and articulate a clear purpose. Don’t rely on incentives like bonuses, stock options, or raises.
     
  3. Focus on feedback. Use regular (at least weekly) one-on-one conversations for coaching. Make the feedback clear, honest, and constructive.
     
  4. Don’t just talk — listen. Pose problems and challenges, and then ask questions to enlist the entire team in generating solutions.
     
  5. Be consistent. Be open to new ideas in your management style, vision, expectations, and feedback. If change becomes necessary, acknowledge it quickly.

The above leadership tip...
was sent in response to a question from a participant on our acclaimed 10/10 leadership development and mentoring programme and adapted from What Amazing Bosses Do Differently by Sydney Finkelstein. Whether you're a first time manager or an experienced leader, straightforward, practical advice on best practice is hard to find. Until now. To find out how you, your team or your organisation can benefit, please join us on our next complimentary webinar or contact us.

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