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When you are a good boss it shows. Stanford University research shows that a great supervisor increases the productivity of his or her employees. It's safe to assume that strong leadership also results in a more motivated and loyal team. Who wouldn't want that?
But good bosses aren't just born that way. Like any other job, being a supervisor requires education, training, and experience. If you want to become a strong leader and someone any colleague would be happy to work for, get started by following these tips.
First, remember there is no one-size-fits-all approach to management. Everyone has unique personalities and work styles and deserves to be treated as individuals. So naturally, you need to adjust your supervising style to best suit each person.
Great bosses also know when to recognize their employees' accomplishments. Although as mentioned, keep in mind people like to be recognized or rewarded in different ways. For example, an extrovert may enjoy being praised in a company-wide meeting, while an introvert may value a personal letter of appreciation from the company's upper management. Figuring out how everyone likes to be recognized is simple if you are a good listener and pay attention to others' behaviors. You can even ask what motivates them and their answers will help you determine the best course of action.
Another foolproof tip to becoming a better boss is to work with your team to identify their challenges and execute solutions. A stellar boss will be their employees' greatest ally, connecting them with the right resources and providing advice when they need it. For instance, if an employee appears to be stressed and overworked, you should examine the cause and assist them in fixing the problem. Does he or she have an unrealistic amount of work to do? If so, do you need to shift a few responsibilities to a coworker? Or, does he or she just need some guidance in prioritization? The answer isn't always clear-cut, but the important thing is to listen and support your team when faced with difficult situations.
To be a boss others look up to, you have to be a good role model. That means understanding and following company policies, treating others with respect, and doing your best work possible. People are watching you and will follow your lead, so it's very important you're setting a good example. How can you expect others to behave a certain way if you don't do it yourself?
Take your leadership skills to the next level by obtaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. An advanced degree can heighten your ability to see the big picture and give you the relevant tools to be a powerful manager. A course in strategic human resource management, for instance, can give you the confidence to handle tough discussions about things like performance problems, compensation and organizational development. Whereas a course in business communications can strengthen your effectiveness in oral and written communication formats. Kaplan University offers an MBA program you can customize based on your specialty interest.
So what are you waiting for? If your goal is to become the type of boss you would be proud to work for, then start incorporating these tips into your daily routine and seriously consider obtaining your MBA. Strong leadership is a skill you will value for the rest of your career.
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