It’s easy to get caught in the busy life of an entrepreneur. There seems to be so many things to do and yet so little time to do them. Often the hectic schedule makes one unaware of certain actions and attitudes about work and the people around them. Sad to say it is not always that these actions are favorable to the people who work for you.
Ones attitudes and actions are best seen from a third party’s point of view. Perhaps it’s time to take a moment and see for ourselves if we are walking in this path of becoming a terrible boss.
Politics and Credit
Work politics can’t be avoided. It’s one of those things that we can’t seem to get rid of. Although it is present, one should not get too caught up in it. If you find yourself playing office politics more than doing your job, then it is time to think things over. It is also common that in this game one tends to take credit for other’s ideas and actions. As a boss, be an example. Give and take credit when it is due. The people under you will love you and be inspired since they know that you are seeing their worth.
Dealing with Work
Being the boss has its perks but it does not always mean being able to do just whatever you want. There are tasks that only you are able to do and should do. When you fail to do them or slack off in doing them, it sends off a poor message to the people working around and for you.
“I” and Your Attitude
It is always said that there is no “I” in team. Many times has that been proven and certainly no business has functioned with just one person. So as a business owner, you must think in terms of everyone and not just yourself. How you treat people and deal with situations will greatly dictate how your business will go. You can’t afford to lose good people because of poor management much more because of how you treat them.
The article 31 Tell Signs You Are A Horrible Boss, written by Eric Jacksonhas enumerated more warning signs of a horrible boss. If we seem to be guilty of some of these signs, take action and hopefully change them before it's too late. As entrepreneurs, we should try our best not to be labeled a horrible boss or cultivate these kinds of individuals with the way we do things.
Sources and related readings:
EMPLOYER CAN FAIL JOB INTERVIEWS
HEAD ON WITH OFFICE POLITICS
STRATEGY OF A GREAT LEADER
Putting the Bs (Becoming Better) in Boss and Turn into a Leader