Being a good boss and effective leadership is inseparable. It has been my observation that leadership qualities are evident in behavior, attitude and the ability to communicate well. Furthermore, obtaining a position of management automatically brings us up to a higher standard and places under a microscope of distinction. A good boss maintains a high moral standard at the office.
I attribute my success to faith, work ethic, family support, and the guidance of my mentors. Values control behavior, and the aforementioned influences defined my values. Whoever influences the core values in a group is, in fact, the leader. Influence has more impact than authority. Below are four values that may enhance your professional image as a leader and improve your ability to lead more creatively and wisely.
When employees lack information, they usually assume the worst. I use face-to-face communication when at all possible; it is unequaled. Clearly communicate your expectations and ask engaging questions such as “At work, do your opinions seem to count?” Afterwards, I note my impressions attempting to perceive the workplace as they see it; this keeps my finger on the pulse. I demonstrate an active role within my sphere of influence by communicating my availability to discuss their concerns even after normal business hours. Effective communication establishes your credibility, and be honest because credibility and dishonestly cannot coexist.
Leaders must overcome whether it is straightening out situations, clearing up a misunderstanding, or carrying out a necessary reduction of force. In times of crisis, employees need to see their leadership persevere through tough situations. Diversity, adversity, and hardships may seem insurmountable, but you must overcome them to win the following of your workforce. Then your workforce will be able to look at you for insight, perspective and direction.
Respect is a simple philosophy. “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself”, Philippians 2:3. Encourage a ‘Respect Culture’ in the workplace. This must begin with you, the boss, respecting yourself. Think about what respect means to you and then apply it to yourself and others. Model the behavior that you want to see from your employees. Remember, “sooner or later” matters when dealing with disrespectful behavior; sooner is best. Coach the employee as soon as you are able, and always remember to be firm, fair, and consistent with each employee involved.
Work ethic reveals whether the worker cares about their work performance or not. A strong work ethic reflects a strong sense of responsibility and results in productivity. Fitness for duty, and preparedness as well as the willingness to be ready at a moment’s notice demonstrates a worker’s dependability. A good boss displays a strong work ethic. I show up to work on time and put forth a best effort to complete assignments before deadlines. Others take notice of our work ethics, and our willingness to work; it inspires them to follow suit. Our work ethic affects how we work and how our employees work, and it affects overall job productivity.