Ten Simple Ways To Be A Better Boss

A boss, by definition, is a person in charge of a worker or an organization. Truth be told, everyone has someone over them. No matter how high you go on the ladder, someone is overseeing you. Even the CEO takes direction from the board. The craftsman who works alone must satisfy his customers and take their suggestions into account. The teacher serves under the principal. And the list goes on.

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Most all of us also have someone under us in one way or another. This may be obvious if you have people working for you – either volunteers or paid positions. But even if you do not, you can find a place in your life where you would be considered the boss. I was often the “boss” as the oldest brother. As a kid, I would be given charge over a project to accomplish around house. As I grew older, I was given charge of being the leader of others – sometimes one or two and other times several.

I recently picked up a book called More Than A Bucket List, which includes inspirational quotes and thoughts. One quick list included these ten ways to be a better boss:

  1. SERVE
  2. LISTEN
  3. REWARD WISELY
  4. RESPOND PROMPTLY
  5. EARN TRUST
  6. ENGAGE DIRECTLY
  7. SHOW COMPASSION
  8. BE CONSISTENT
  9. COMMUNICATE PURPOSE OFTEN
  10. SHARE OPPORTUNITY

1, 2, 4, 7, and 10 seem to line up with what Jesus said in John 13: If anyone wants to be great, he must be servant of all.

3, 6, 8, and 9 center around being a strong, confident leader. Even if you are a boss over volunteers who work with you, it’s good to take a strong approach to leading so that people know where you are going together.

5, 6, 8, and 9 require time. Growth in your organization or situation doesn’t typically happen overnight – it requires a commitment.

All the items on this list are more about our attitude toward others than about being the boss. It’s common sense. The more we care for those with whom we work or serve, the better our relationships and the more productive things become.

If you had to circle one of these areas to grow in as a boss, which one would you circle?

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