Ann Gabriel | ExecutiveChronicles
Think about this. You were recently promoted and it’s your first time to become a boss. You ask yourself, “How can I become a good boss?”. You are so unsure of the answer that you try your best to learn how to become one. You think about how you were trained and how you developed yourself through the years on how to become the best version of yourself. Each and everyone of us has different opinions on the characteristics of a great boss and that is the reason why you are unsure of yourself, as you don’t have the exact criteria of one.
To majority of subordinates, if the boss is trustworthy and has good empathy skills, chances are, the person is a great boss.
Here are some characteristics on how to become a great boss.
A great boss has compassion
A great boss has empathy skills. He has the ability to put his feet in the shoes of his subordinates. He is human, and he knows how to understand the life situations of his subordinates. He understands that once the subordinate overcomes life’s greatest problems, the subordinate will bounce back better than before.
A great boss understands the uniqueness of his subordinates
Subordinates feel comfortable being with a great boss, they provide feedback, and they are opening to admitting their fault, and being honest. Subordinates will not hesitate to say I am overwhelmed, and immediately ask help when help is needed. Subordinates know that its okay to make mistakes, and mistakes are opportunities to learn from.
A great boss works with the team
A great boss rolls up his sleeves and works with his men. He does not bark orders, when the load is too much for his men. He gets down from his pedestal and works together with them.
A great boss knows that his team needs to be developed to succeed
The subordinate’s success lies in how the boss develops him to be. A great boss realizes that in order for a subordinate to reach his full potential, the boss must recognize it first and does what is needed for the subordinate’s professional growth and development.