Are you a typical boss, or a Star boss? Here’s a fact for you- If you’re the former, you may be surprised to learn that 61% of your team is actively looking for a new job!
Being a typical boss serves nobody. It makes your teammates’ lives harder, and results in more stress for yourself. On the contrary, being a Star boss, results in everybody coming together to achieve a common goal. In a team led by a Star Leader, everybody wins. After all, only an exceptional executive leader would know how to bring out the best in their team.
So, which one are you?
The good news is that everybody is capable of being a Star boss. Your team is looking for qualities such as authenticity, inspiration, and likeability in you. These are qualities that can be developed super easily.(I get paid for that!)
So how do you implement those qualities daily at your workplace? As an executive presence coach, I asked this question to a group of Directors about their reporting partner, a star leader at a leading consulting firm. Here are 4 simple behaviours that will make your team admire you too:
- Share: Contrary to popular belief, knowledge isn’t power unless it’s shared. Spread your wealth of information and your team will see you as a reliable source for knowledge and empowerment. Share your own skills and experiences. as a leader with others to create new leaders. Having a more capable team reflects positively on both, the eyes of your employees, as well as the eyes of your own superiors.
- Spotlight:As a star leader, do you have the confidence to acknowledge the presence of others? Do you have the confidence to highlight the contributors? Give credit where credit is due, and don’t be afraid to say, “thank you”. Celebrating employees when they do good work doesn’t lessen your own power as a boss. When you give your employees attention in a positive way, they appreciate your spotlight on them, and in turn, use it to self-motivate to get great results.
- Empathy:Remember, your employees are human and are much more than just positive or negative reflections of yourself; and thus, you should treat them as such. Work is not the only aspect of their lives, and you shouldn’t treat it as such. Daily make an attempt by putting yourself in their shoes for a moment, and surprisingly you will see a new perspective. When you display empathy, it breaks down barriers, opens doors, and moves the business forward.
- Vulnerability: Star leaders not only confidently admit their unknowingness of certain subject matter but also confidently acknowledge their own mistakes. By hiding your vulnerabilities, you as a leader deny showing your human side which is critical for your team to connect with you on a different level. Also, know when something was your fault; and if it was, own up to it. Remember it’s your ego (a respect killer) that at times prevents you from admitting your mistake and comes in your way to increased collaboration and cohesiveness.
STOP and ask yourself this key question- am I displaying any of these above 4 behaviours? If so, you might already be a STAR boss! If not, that’s okay. Use this as a jumping off point to improve. You leave a lot more than your own legacy at risk by being a bad boss.
Summary: Bad bosses create unhappy employees, low productivity, and poor results. Plus, bad bosses are a huge cause of good employees running away from their current jobs. Remember what makes a team admire their boss is that the STAR boss is cognizant of the fact that to bring the best in his team, he first has to bring his own best version to surface! #BeTheStar
Comments: What is that one positive behaviour of your boss that makes you admire him or her? Share your thoughts in the comments section. I love learning from my readers. And please share this science of likeability.