When you lead a team, it is possible to think that those you lead like and admire you or enjoy working with. Only for you to realize that they keep happy faces when around you out of the fear of losing their jobs. Imagine a situation where employees keep quiet when you enter a room or do not invite you to parties? Here are quick tips on how to be the best boss that everyone wants to lead them.
In as much as you are called a boss, workers want to see a leader in you. A leader does not just give instructions and sit down as others implement. However, they lead by example and this is where they get an opportunity to influence others to do what needs to be done.
In this case, you need to build some level of trust between you and your employees. Through trust, you can easily collaborate and work together effectively as a team. So, begin by being honest and transparent about organizational matters that touch on your employees. This way, they come to realize that they can depend on you.
Another important attribute of great bosses is their ability to compliment workers. When praised, workers feel appreciated for their efforts and will strive to do better. They will also be satisfied and are likely to stick around for long. Having an employee recognition program is one way of complementing workers for a job done well.
It is also important to let workers be themselves. Make it a company or team policy to allow workers accomplish tasks in the way they deem fit. If not so, they could all run the ideas of doing a task through you and together decide which idea sounds better for everyone. In fact, you will realize how creative some of your employees can be, something that will improve productivity at work as well.
Make sure you encourage feedback from employees. This shows you are willing to improve and make things better. They also learn that their ideas or concerns are valued. Besides, how will you know how to treat them better if you do not understand their pain points?
Above all, keep communication channels between you and the employees open. Any good boss is approachable, listens and acts on matters raised by those under him or her. If possible, have a schedule for regular face-to-face meetings. Block this time on your calendar. During the meeting, make sure you do not allow anything to keep distracting you. Workers want a leader who is fully present to converse with them.