Still, whether or not the stifled entry- or mid-level employee wants to admit it, good leadership quells anxiety, even in the face of unsolvable problems. The boss sets the tone for an entire office or team, and organizations live and die on the merit of their leaders.
A great boss never…finds the solution for you. He/she lets you find it. - Arianna Vassallo, Public Relations at AIESEC
Here is the classic “teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” answer. Employees want to accomplish their work using their own skills, but a little guidance from superiors can go a long way to making them feel useful and productive.
A great boss never...asks the members of his/her team to do something he/she isn't willing to do, too. - Ray Feldmann, director of communications and Media Relations at Towson University
The best leaders don’t dictate, but instead encourage emulation. Nothing can be more frustrating than being asked to do a task that a superior—who presumably is paid more for his or her services—isn't capable of doing. Leading from the middle encourages an “all in it together” spirit that will improve employee retention.
A great boss never…assumes he or she is the smartest person in the room. - Nikki Bracy, public relations account executive at Vitamin
Organizations are full of creative and talented people, and all of the smarts are not reserved for the corner office. Good bosses need confidence in their own intelligence, but they should also have an open disposition and seek input from all levels of the company.
A great boss never…joins in when joking about employees or participates in gossip. - Catrina J. Sharp, director of communications at Lessard Builders, Inc.
Taking the high road when it comes to gossip and joking is the best policy for an effective leader. A boss who gossips won’t engender trust—instead, he/she will make employees think they are being joked about behind their backs, too.
A great boss never…stifles creativity. - Nicholas Gilyard (@MrGilyard), intern at Peppercomm
In an environment where everything is constantly changing, sticking to the tried-and-true plan doesn’t always work. Great bosses are willing to lend an ear to new ideas, especially from junior team members, who have different perspectives.
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