It turns out great bosses have a fundamentally different outlook when it comes to managing people, the workplace, and dealing with the competition than the average ones. In fact, according to Inc.com’s Geoffrey James, they have eight core beliefs that separate them from the pack.
Coexistence is crucial.
Most bosses see business in terms of a zero-sum game, where conflict is inevitable. Great bosses realize the delicate ecosystem they inhabit and are more likely to adapt as necessary.
A company is the sum of its part.While average bosses see a company as a machine and its employees as dispensable, great bosses believe in their people and inspire them on an individual level.
Micromanaging is managing to fail.
Extraordinary bosses shun the idea of micromanaging their team. Rather, they see it as their responsibility to guide and empower their teams to make things happen.
Employees are peers.
The average boss looks at their employees as subordinates who need to be hand-held through everything. There’s little trust, let alone confidence in their abilities.
A great boss sees their team members as peers and treats them as equals. It doesn’t matter what the role, they expect the same level of commitment and excellence from everyone.
Fear is not a motivational tool.
Average bosses use fear to motivate their teams, which leads to a risk adverse mentality and self-preservation becomes a main driver.
A great boss uses a vision to motivate and inspire and helps to make the connection between their role and the success of the organization as a whole.
Change equals growth, not pain.
A great boss sees change as essential, while the average one sees it as threatening and avoids it at all costs.
Technology is empowering.
Average bosses and extraordinary bosses have polar opposite views when it comes to technology.
The former sees technology as necessary in order to implement processes that increase management control of the company, whereas the latter sees it as tool that liberates employees.
Work should be fun
Lastly, average bosses take a very dim view of having fun at work. They see it more as a “job”, a list of tasks that should be completed as quickly as possible. It’s not a place to enjoy yourself.
On the other hand, great bosses actively promote fun in their work place both practically and through the type of work they assign you – projects that will challenge you and help you grow.
This is based on Geoffrey James’s original article: 8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses.
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