Learn the habits of every great boss and apply them when managing your own team.
Geoffrey James of Inc. writes that he has been interviewing and observing what makes a great boss, and he now has six “simple ground rules for managing a team effectively.” One rule a great boss follows is that she avoids creating superstars and instead coordinates “individual workers’ goals so that they intersect with and support team goals.”
James says that when an employee is struggling, top bosses will “reassign that employee to a more appropriate job or do him or her a huge favor” by letting that person go. A great boss will coach but never interfere, and she will always put the people who “create, build, sell, and support the products” first: the employees. Read James’ post for a full rundown of all six elements that make a great boss.