There's more to being a great boss that making sure your team does adequate work and meets deadlines. A truly great boss also leads his team with integrity, sharing his passion for his work and helping employees grow. Better management techniques lead to workers who understand the importance of their jobs and give those jobs their all because they truly care. Follow these tips to increase engagement and build a workforce ready for the future.
1. Build Connection
The fastest way to build connection with the individuals you manage is to become an active member of your team, working alongside your employees. Get your direct reports used to seeing you around, offering support, encouragement and help when needed. Your active participation shows your employees that you are knowledgeable about the work they do. This leads to more respect for you as their boss and helps keep the manager-employee relationship nonadversarial. Don't be afraid to share your expertise while also seeking input from others, and, perhaps most importantly, work hard. Great bosses show a strong work ethic and never expect their team members to work harder than they do.
2. Develop People
Great bosses are also coaches, cheering their team members on through the tougher times and celebrating their victories. As a coach, you should help your employees develop the skills they need to thrive in their positions. Get in the habit of providing training that transfers skills and knowledge, and then letting each individual use those skills and that information in their own ways to excel. Serve as a mentor by listening to concerns and getting to know each worker's strengths, weaknesses and goals. Then offer appropriate help towards meeting those goals within your organization.
3. Provide Appropriate Recognition
Always be sure to offer recognition for a job well done. Everyone wants to be appreciated, and showing your appreciation to your employees encourages them to work harder each day. Try offering recognition through a variety of paths to meet the needs of different personality types. Offer direct congratulations in person and through email. Tell your boss about employee accomplishments, and encourage higher-ups to offer further recognition. When appropriate, make note of individual successes during meetings and in company publications. Also, always remember that great bosses never take credit for other people's ideas or work.
4. Prioritize Communication
Avoid being the stereotypical boss, shut in your office and not to be disturbed unless it is an emergency. Better management requires regular, transparent communication with your team and your individual employees. Get in the habit of talking to your team every day. Set up individual meetings with workers on a regular basis to provide feedback and listen to concerns. This helps both you and your team members avoid surprises. It also builds loyalty when your workers know that you don't keep things from them.
Becoming a great boss takes time. Start improving by putting your focus on people and relationships while still working to meet company goals. As you focus on your employees, it becomes easier to communicate better, take on a coaching role and build those connections that move you past typical and into great boss territory.
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