The Good Boss: The Many Dimensions of Being a Great Leader (Part I)


Every leader wants to be a good boss to their team. Sometimes though, that can be pretty hard, especially considering the many levels that go into what it means to be a good boss.

Just what do we mean? Well, on the one end, a good boss wants to be well respected and in a position of authority, but on the other end, they want to feel like they can be counted on like a friend.

As such, it can be hard to find that nice balance. So over the next few posts, we are going to give you the run down on the many dimensions of what it means to be a great leader. For today, we’ll explain some of the characteristics many people look for in a their boss. Take a look below.

An authority figure: Simply put, a great leader is someone who is well respected, and one way to gain that respect is by being an authority in your respective field. Having the knowledge to back up your position is an indispensable asset to have because it means that when a team member has a question, they can go directly to you and know that you will always have the right answer, or at least provide them with the appropriate direction/step necessary to get their questions answered.

A friend: When we say “friend” we don’t necessarily mean you need to be that person your employee can go out for a drink with after work –though, we won’t criticize you if you are. Rather, a good boss is someone who an employee can count on and expect to be taken care of when things get tough. In short, you need to make sure you are a great support system and someone your employee can trust, rather than the scary boss who reprimands them when they do something wrong.

A great communicator: A great boss is also a great communicator. Knowing how to adequately express commands, criticisms, praise, etc, is an essential part of being a leader. Without good communication skills, your employees are left to fill in the blanks and that can end up getting messy and frustrating, especially when they don’t see eye-to-eye.

On Thursday, we’ll continue the conversation with a few more characteristics that employees look for in a good boss. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

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