Want to know if you have what it takes to be a good/top boss? Top bosses aren’t necessarily good on paper, they are typically remarkable based on their actions. Results are everything, but not necessarily the type of results you might think. Top bosses consistently do five things, and all other features/traits fall behind these five. If you are a boss and want you and your business to benefit greatly, here are four widely acknowledged qualities of ‘top bosses’:
- They encourage and develop their employees – without good employees, no amount of focus on targets and goals will ever actually pay off. Employees can only achieve what they are capable of achieving, so it’s the job of a top boss to help all their employees to be more capable so they – and the business – can achieve more. Top bosses provide the training, mentoring, and opportunities that their employees need and deserve.
- They deal with problems immediately – problems are distracting, and some small problems never actually go away, so top bosses deal with such problems immediately. Additionally, nothing affects team morale more quickly than problems that are not addressed. Performance issues, interpersonal squabbles, departmental feuds, among other things, all of these can negatively impact employee motivation and enthusiasm. The top boss nips its in the bud immediately.
- They serve others, not themselves – you can get away with being selfish and/or self-serving once, maybe twice, but that’s about it. Bosses who consistently act as if they are less important than their employees—and when they never ask employees to do something they don’t do—everyone really knows how important you really are. Give credit where credit is due.
- They stay humble and remember where they’re coming from – remember where you came from, and be gracious with your stardom. In the eyes of his or her employees, a remarkable boss is a star. How you handle this position will affect your own success, and the success of the company. Don’t let it get to your head.