What does it take to be good boss? Ask yourself that question. How would you like to be treated?
On National Boss Day, I think about the good bosses I have had in the past. I’ve had great managers, but also my share of bully bosses.
The good boss will make you better at your job. They know your strengths and weaknesses. They realize that each employee brings their unique talent to the workplace.
LiveChat shared this list of “Signs of a Great Leader: How to be a Good Boss.” How does your current boss rate?
- Build a bond of trust.
- Praise your employees.
- Inspire your employees.
- Let your employees be themselves.
- Value feedback.
The bully boss is insecure and lacks confidence. They hide behind bully tactics and other bully managers to rule a workplace. They teach bad habits to managers who are lower in the company food chain. As someone who has worked mostly in newsrooms, it happens there too. And don’t get me started on the enablers of bully bosses. That is a future blog.
Former news director, Kevin Benz talked at the 2018 Excellence in Journalism conference about bad bosses. In his “No More Assholes Part 2: The coward’s guide to conflict in the newsroom,” Benz reminded journalists that there is no room in a newsroom for an asshole boss. In my opinion, asshole managers don’t belong anywhere.
I’ll be sharing more of Kevin Benz’s tips on good and bad management in the future. He tells it like it is.
On this National Boss Day let us celebrate those who are doing it right. Give them a pat on the back. Give them a shout out on your social media, even those from your past.
Remember you are a success today because of those good bosses.