5 free steps to become the ultimate boss
However long you’ve been in charge for, we’ve put together five bits of key advice from our own top-quality managers to help you excel in your role… like a boss!
- Communicate with your staff
Regular communication with your team is key to developing a strong relationship. Build a foundation of trust from being transparent with them. Give your staff feedback when needed, not just when it’s scheduled like at the monthly/quarterly performance reviews. Praise and constructive criticism help to build confidence and improve your team’s performance!
- Be compassionate
Be considerate of how your team are feeling, there’s a good chance that you were in their shoes not too long ago! You know when there are bad days in the office and understanding how to turn those frowns upside down can boost overall productivity. Positive workplace interactions can both improve employee health and foster loyalty within your working environment.~
- Avoid Micromanaging
Micromanaging can be a morale killer. If you’ve got your hands in every little thing your staff are doing every moment of the working day, it can make your team feel inadequate and can destroy confidence. Instead of micromanaging, communicate what needs to be accomplished to your staff and coach them toward the overall goals. Let your workforce shine, make them accountable for their own work and responsibilities.
- Know your boundaries
Since your step into a managerial role, you might find that you are now leading your former peers. Some might see this as an opportunity to capitalize on your friendship and you need to understand that as the boss, it's your job to lead your team, not to pal around with them. This doesn’t mean you have to turn a cold shoulder on your friends, just respect your new role and let them know there are certain professional boundaries now in place and act accordingly.
- Be approachable
Let your team know that, despite your new position they can still come to you with any problems, queries and new ideas they might have. An open-door policy in the office encourages openness and transparency with the employees and management, improving communication and building trust within the business.
Be the kind of boss that you would like to work for. Great communication, openness and a good understanding of the work environment are all great tools to help you become a better boss and more importantly, a better leader!
One of the biggest reasons that employees leave a company is because they don't like their boss or don't like their management style, so it is important to constantly check that you're coming across in a positive way.
One of the easiest ways to improve your skills is to attend the free leadership skills masterclasses at the Northern Business Expo on 17th & 18th March at Manchester Central.
They're free to attend, you'll just need to get your free ticket online first! It's the biggest business expo in the North of England so you'll be attending alongside thousands of other business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs, and you'll be able to enjoy some fantastic networking sessions, keynote seminars and more while you're there.