Leadership Tip

How to discover your inner softie

There’s a popular myth that a tough boss is a good boss. It ain’t necessarily so as numerious scientific studies find no evidence  that tough bosses got better results. A softer, more balanced approach may be better for morale and hence help grow the business. Here are three tips.

  1. Stay firm and strong. Forsaking domineering behaviour doesn’t mean being a pushover. Most of us appreciate a boss who can make decisions with confidence.
     
  2. Cultivate your softer side. Much of what is seen as toughness is really lack of respect. One of the best ways to soften up is show empathy and compassion. Try to express genuine interest in your colleagues and team.
     
  3. Communicate effectively. Tough bosses show their frustration and annoyance. Instead, just be clear what your expectations are and use constructive criticism without micromanaging. Tell employees what you expect from them, but shy away from dictating how the task gets done. Let them exercise independence in ways appropriate to their position.

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