Leading By Example: How To Be The Boss Every Employee Wants


How often do you hear people on the TV or the bus home moaning about their boss or complaining about hating their job? If you run a business of any kind, the last thing you want is to be that boss that makes life impossible or miserable. A happy team is a productive team, and it pays to be the leader everyone looks up to and respects. If you’re eager to be a better boss, here are some simple tips to help you lead by example.

Adapting Your Approach 

It’s time to be honest and think about the way you lead your team. Are you open to discussion? Are you approachable? Are you willing to devote time to getting to know your employees or listening to their ideas or grievances? If you can answer yes to all these questions, you probably don’t need to read this article, but if you can’t, it’s a good idea to adapt your approach. You don’t want people to shy away from trying to talk to you or assume that there’s no point in knocking on the door because you won’t listen to ideas or suggestions. If you are guilty of being too busy or prioritizing other things, make more of an effort to be there for your employees and get more involved. Ideally, anyone should feel able to go and have a chat with you without feeling anxious or uneasy. You don’t have to be best mates with your workforce, but it’s useful to have that bond. Organize one to one sessions or small group meetings and work on ways to build a stronger, more cohesive team. 

Understanding Your Responsibilities 

It’s important to make sure that your employees are happy and productive, but this isn’t the only goal of being a successful leader. All business owners have responsibilities, and you should always ensure that you operate according to the letter of the law. As an employer, for example, you are responsible for ensuring that the workplace is a safe place. If you fail to comply with guidelines and legislation, you may be liable for injuries and accidents. It’s incredibly beneficial to have legal experts like L+G Attorneys at Law in your corner to offer guidance and advice. You may need assistance with drawing up employment contracts, resolving disputes and dealing with health and safety issues. 

Using Your Experience 

Nobody starts life at the top of the tree. In most cases, the boss has worked their way up the ladder and invested time and effort along the way. It’s a really useful exercise to use your own experiences as an employee to shape the way you run your business. What have you learned from others and how you can use these experiences to improve your leadership skills? You may have had wonderful bosses in the past or times when you dreaded going to work. Use both positive and negative incidents and examples and put yourself in your employee’s shoes. 

If you overheard a conversation, what do you think your employees would say about you? If you’d be worried, it may be time to change your approach and take steps to being a better boss.





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