Whether it’s their approach to company dynamics or team building, truly great bosses go out of their way to see things differently. They know their management success depends on it.
Under the right circumstances, anyone can be an average boss, but being an extraordinary boss requires a willingness to adopt new approaches and fork over some control. In a post for Inc. sales expert Geoffrey James draws on his interviews with some of the world’s most successful CEOs to deliver eight core beliefs he feels sets them apart.
Many of the beliefs adopted by great managers run counter to outdated views of the workplace – for example, a business is much more like an ecosystem rather than a battlefield, and a company is a community, not a machine. They accept that business is organic, complex, and never static. As a result they recognize the need to adapt, and that simplified, cookie-cutter approaches often aren’t realistic or effective.
Extraordinary bosses also strive to empower their employees rather than control or simply manage them. As James suggests, “they push decision making downward” and they recognize that fear is not a productive motivator. “Employees work harder because they believe in the organization’s goals, truly enjoy what they’re doing, and (of course) know they’ll share in the rewards.” For more insight on how you can become an even better manager, read the full post here.
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Having good examples to learn from is always helpful, but sometimes it’s useful to take a look in the mirror for signs of bad traits and/or habits, as well. Do you have room for improvement in the boss category? Use this checklist of negative characteristics to find out. And for more advice on how to be a leader who inspires action, read this post from the OpenView Blog.