The DON'TS of Being a Boss: The Importance of Being a Positive Leader

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Nov 19, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Positive LeaderFollowing up from the previous post on Aug 27th about the Dos of being a good boss, let’s touch on the Don’ts of being a boss. What makes you a bad boss? Through this post, you’ll learn why it is so important to exude positivity and encouragement in the workplace.

How do you think Americans feel about their jobs? According to a survey, only 36% of responders said they were happy at their job. 31% said they felt uninspired and under-appreciated by their boss, and 20% felt their boss had little integrity.

That’s quite astonishing. My first thought is a boss is supposed to be a positive leader and lead by example and the fact that 20% of responders felt that their boss had no integrity is mind-boggling. How can a company expect to thrive and progress when the people in leadership positions are up to no good? It would make any type of positive atmosphere in the workplace quite difficult to prosper.

Next, it’s crazy to think that only 69% of the people surveyed feel valued and appreciated by their bosses. This is extreme because people thrive on inspiration and appreciation. Most everyone likes to hear that they’ve done a good job or that they exceeded expectations. It feels good knowing that their contributions are not going unnoticed.

From that same survey, respondents said that if they had a better relationship with their boss, they would be happier at work, less stressed, and more productive: all positive! 65% of those surveyed even said they would prefer a better boss rather than a pay increase.

It is more the norm now that people would rather go to a job they like and a place they feel welcomed and appreciated than to have a pay raise. Therefore, the importance of being a positive leader is evermore important.

“Bad bosses result in less productive workers; good bosses help boost output and morale. 

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the DON’TS of being a boss.

  1. Don’t belittle the team. Every person on your team is important and the skills they bring to the table help everyone get closer to the end goal. A boss is there to lead and give advice to employees when they need assistance. So instead, offer them a helping hand or new perspective in order to achieve greatness.
  2. Don’t take credit away from your employees. As a leader, a boss should encourage employees to reach their maximum potential, but they’ll be less likely to do so if you are taking credit for all of their hard work.
  3. Don’t micromanage. As long as employees know their expectations and their task at hand, they know what they are doing and are capable of doing it. You hired them for a particular reason and for their expertise. Step back and let them do their job. Let employees show you how great they are!
  4. Don’t forget to communicate. You need to listen to your employees and communicate with them often. Communication is the key to ultimate success. When communication is lacking, confusion ensues. Don’t let that happen to your team and to the company.
  5. Don’t play favorites. As the boss, you must be the go-to person for everyone. If employees feel like you treat Sally differently from everyone else, they will notice and the repercussions for you won’t be favorable. You want the entire team to be successful, so don’t leave out anyone.
  6. Don’t place blame. The name of the game is not blame; it’s teamwork. Where there are flaws or mistakes turn those into learning opportunities. This is great for team-building. Through encouragement and inspiration, the team works together to fix issues that arise occasionally.
  7. Finally, don’t be visionless. There’s nothing worse than having an unmotivating, visionless supervisor. You want to inspire employees to be creative and innovative. Looking towards the future and at the end goal, having a vision is necessary if you expect to see progress

So don’t be this guy. Hone the skills of a good boss and be the positive leader that everyone aspires to be. It will be less stressful to you and will be more encouraging for your employees. When you combine the Dos and Don’ts of being a boss, you’ll be sure to see less turnover rates in your department, happier employees, and greater results!

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