Have you ever dreamt about having your own business? It sounds exciting doesn’t it? Setting your own schedule, doing things your way, and being your own boss, who wouldn’t like that? For those who are entrepreneurs and are living that dream, they will tell you that it is a lot of work, and maybe not as “romantic” as it sounds. But they will also tell you that it’s rewarding to work every day based on what drives you. Having your own business is much more than sharing your passion with the world. Being the boss is a huge responsibility and we are not only talking about decisions related to money, services, products, or marketing. We are talking about something more important than that- people. But even if owning your business and being the boss is not what you’re interested in, even if you think your position is not “high” and your influence may seem limited. Think again. You can and should think as the owner and do your work accordingly. You are the boss of your position.
There are many qualities a good boss has. A good boss...
- Sets the tone.
- Appreciates his or her employees.
- Finds solutions.
- Is fair.
- Knows what’s going on.
- Doesn’t assume he or she is right always.
- Carefully defines and participates in the hiring process.
- Faces situations.
- Understands each position in the company.
- Is clear with expectations.
- Is honest.
- Creates systems.
If you are in a position of leadership at your workplace, know that people are looking up to you. They are expecting guidance. You can help your employees by sharing what you know and placing them in positions where they can use their talents and abilities. You can set the tone and make the work environment positive. You can make a positive impact that will last more than a couple of years. And if you do that, the people who work for you will want to do their best. It’s up to you to use your position to add value to the company, to your team, and to yourself. You need to be a leader, one that is willing to invest time and effort because happy people at work not only translates into a better quality of life for each employee, it also means more productivity, so at the end everyone wins.