Most TV bosses are stereotyped as stern suit-wearing tyrants who don’t cut their subordinates any slack. But not Michael Scott of “The Office”. Sure, he may seem lost at his job at times, but he never fails to be there for his employees when push comes to shove.
Each company needs a great leader like Michael Scott, and if you’re in a similar role as him, a significant amount of appeal is necessary in order to effectively manage your employees. If they respect you wholeheartedly, they’ll support you and trust your decisions even if things go south. Teamwork will come naturally and productivity will not be an issue.
Becoming an admirable leader can be complicated as certain lines must be kept to maintain professionalism, but it’s an achievable goal if you’re humble, self-aware, and open-minded. You ready to take that first step? Great! You can start by developing these five essential qualities:
Correct your Subordinates Nicely
When you were still an entry-level employee, you probably did something wrong that caught the fire of your boss. He or she probably yelled at you and embarrassed you in front of your peers. Of course, you weren’t pleased with such a mistreatment.
Now that you’re the one in his or her seat, you’ll find some of your employees committing a mistake or two. Are you going to do the same thing your boss did to you? Definitely not. Instead, talk to him or her privately, with your tone modulated. This way, the employee will see his or her errors and not your anger. If he or she does the same thing again, issue the proper disciplinary action to show that you’re serious.
Delegate, Trust, and Don’t Push Too Hard
As a boss, it isn’t your job to whip people into doing theirs. Instead, what you should be doing is assigning tasks to your employees while you do your own. And when you give them an assignment, you need to trust that they will deliver it right and on time.
It is okay to give them a gentle reminder or a push, but don’t badger them too hard. Doing so will make them feel incompetent, which can slow them down and lower the quality of their output.
Appreciate and Compliment
If you didn’t have any employees, then you wouldn’t be considered as a boss. That is why when an employee does a good job, don’t forget to show gratitude and commend him or her, amongst coworkers if possible. This way, your employee will feel more appreciated, motivating him or her to excel further in his or her work.
Just because you’re the boss doesn’t mean you’ll be sitting in your office, typing away at the computer while your employees do their assigned tasks. They’re going to have questions, concerns, and other matters that require consultation from you. Don’t think it’s because of a lack of information on the task. Instead, treat it for what it is – an employee asking for help.
This is a good sign actually, as he or she chose to consult with you instead of taking unnecessary risks that may lead to serious errors. So let him or her raise whatever issue is at hand and respond in a kind manner. Not only have you helped an employee, but you’ve also maintained good relations.
Teach Employees to Decide for Themselves
It’s good that your employees can approach you and ask work-related questions. However, aside from looking after your employees, you also have to deal with you own workload. And if you entertain all their queries, your time will be eaten up. For maximum productivity on both sides, teach them how to decide when situations arise. If they decide wrongly, correct them politely and trust that they’ll do better next time. This way, they still won’t feel aloof towards you.