Managing people is never easy, but it’s a lot tougher when you have a huge team and the title of “The Boss”. How do you let your team know that they need to put in a lot of extra effort? How do you motivate them when they are distracted or downright de-motivated by an appraisal that is below their expectations? How do you avoid the trap of alienating those with whom there has been some friction in the past?
Being the boss is about getting results and making sure the job is done. It takes a great plan and stickler dedication, vision & ideas, as well as push-through execution. But what really counts is belief in those who work with you, great networking skills and all-out support for the people who count the most – your team. A rundown of what it takes to be voted an Amazing Boss:
Let Every Employee Grow
Sure, employees need to focus on reaching targets and achieving goals, but they do that best if they have the scope to go beyond their routine tasks. Nothing will motivate or encourage your team more than your support for their ideas and a larger canvas. Mentoring and training opportunities too, will only fuel the transformation process and make it more meaningful for them. Junior members can only accomplish what they are capable of, so, as a manager, your job is to help them become more capable, so that they — and your business unit — can collectively accomplish more. Link progress with improvement and personal achievement, and you’ll be able to develop the skills of your employees naturally.
Deal with Their Problems as Early as Possible
Not taking immediate action when a member of your team needs support will kill team morale more quickly than the blink of an eye. Performance issues, interpersonal arguments, disagreements between departments are some common negative scenarios that impact employee enthusiasm and motivation. Never underestimate the power of a problem to distract your people. It is these small problems that infest into bigger issues over a period of time. Deal with every concern directly, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you.
Be the Saviour of Your Worst Employee
Almost every department has at least one employee who has failed to complete a task, got into an argument over a small issue, or just can’t seem to keep up with the expectations. After a while that employee comes to be seen by other team members – and even by you – as a vulnerable link. While that member of staff may frantically want to “re-establish” himself, it’s almost impossible without your intervention.
So make an effort to help that person and intensify the mentoring you provide. Even if it doesn’t work out, the effort shows your commitment to your team and earned the respect of your team. Can’t beat that.
The higher you rise in the ranks, the more impact you can make, and the greater your responsibility becomes to make that impact- and to become in the eyes of your team, an amazing boss. Candidates, who demonstrate such qualities are preferred by recruiters for senior management jobs.