Leader under a magnifying glass

Soft skills Teamwork Leadership

A boss is like a film director. Even with the best screenplay, a big budget and great technique, the perfect film cannot be made without the actors. Likewise, a leader cannot manage alone, without "his people". Everyone in a leadership position has an inner desire and an idea of what kind of boss they would actually like to be. This can be chosen from a range of lessons, recommendations and leadership styles. Many articles have already been published on how to be a good boss. But how to choose the right one?

A good boss can't be good without the team.

And the team is just a litmus test that shows the leadership skills of the boss. So, it's primarily a relationship. And just like relationships and leadership, universal recipes don't work. We can rely on some recommendations, and we can try different techniques. But if we do not acknowledge ourselves or the people on our team, we will never be a good boss. If we do not know our personality, our abilities and tendencies well, our team will probably defy us. The basis of a good leadership style is authenticity - trustworthiness.

The right boss should be first and foremost human.

And that means with all parameters. Skills as well as flaws. And a boss should look at the team as well. The diversity of personalities in it, their abilities and individuality. Taking care of your relationship with your team does not only mean being kind, helpful and caring. At the same time, it does not mean being the best, the smartest and the most direct. The right boss strives for a relationship with the team, builds and takes care of it. How? A good boss asks questions. A good boss does not command or advise. Works with questions and answers. A good boss isn't known for the fact that he/she never shouts or that is on friendly terms with everyone. A good boss knows his/her people as people and not just as employees.

Judging is easy.

We all tend to criticize those with power over us. At home it's the parents, at school the teachers, in the pub politicians and at work the boss. That is natural. Every capable boss should be aware of this tendency and should be able to bear it.

What will teams appreciate most often? Whatever the personality of the boss, most teams rate their superiors according to their attitude between themselves and the company's management. If they feel that the boss in on their side, stands up for them and strives for the best possible conditions, then this boss is popular on the team. Another important factor is the ability to resolve conflicts in processes as well as between people. The fact that the boss gets angry or nervous is perceived much better than running away from conflicts and leaving things to their fate.

Good teams don't mind that their boss isn't the smartest and most charismatic in the company. A good boss is one who is there for the team.

Author: Veronika for Amy
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