A company needs someone qualified to oversee and manage everything to avoid disorganization. No matter how many good employees your company has, if the bosses are not as effective as they should be, it won’t work. Managers or team leaders see to it that the tasks are organized and everyone is doing their jobs properly. However, sometimes they tend to be intimidating and unapproachable. What they don’t realize is that employees work better if their bosses know how to bring out the best in them. Not to mention, 90% of the time they stick around.
While personally, I have not really encountered one that left me scarred for life, I have heard so many stories about an unpleasant experience with a former boss. They are either too demanding or they have no regard for other people’s feelings. Negative behaviors like this emanating from bosses do affect productivity. It’s important to understand that the people who work for you or with you absorb all those negative energies.
What does it mean to be a great manager or a team leader? What does one have to have in terms of skills and attributes?
Great Bosses Are Great Coaches
It is unrealistic to solve every single problem that comes your way within the corporate setting. While yes, it is important to provide solutions to these problems, great bosses know when to use them as a way to teach their employees. Without proper guidance, the next time the same problems arise, they will have a hard time solving them on their own. Bosses use these problems as opportunities to present good techniques for the employees to learn from.
They Know How to Communicate Well
We all know how to communicate with different people, but not everyone knows how to do it effectively. Bosses know how to communicate their vision clearly. They let their employees know the ways they can contribute to the organization. When they know the vision, they do better and get excited about it.
They Show Concern
Good bosses are not just about work and obligation—they are concerned with their employees’ well-being. Teams work better if with the knowledge that there’s someone who will catch them if they fall. They thrive on trust. Great managers and bosses know how to build that trust and encouragement they need. They show concern and help you find ways to do good at your job and at the same time, find the right balance.
They Have the Necessary Skills
It’s not just about leadership skills but the knowledge of technical skills make great bosses. They understand the jobs their people have and this way, they are able to provide the necessary pointers to help them out. Great managers or team leaders understand even their daily tasks and the challenges they face on a daily basis. They make it a point that they know how things are done before jumping to any conclusion or making decisions.
They Are Decisive
I think the best thing about great managers or team leaders is their ability to make sound decisions. They are not impulsive and they make good judgment. Of course, before making any of this they study the facts and listen to different perspectives. Once they have fully grasped all that is needed to know, they make a decision even if it’s unpopular. If they know that it’s the right thing to do, they believe in it fully regardless of what other’s think.