Most employees quit their job because of a bad boss.
It is one of the biggest reasons for poor performance and employee attrition in an organization.
A boss is meant to lead the pack and encourage the team on a daily basis.
Here are 5 traits of a good boss:
1. Delegates – A good boss has the confidence in his employees. He or she knows the right person to delegate to keeping in mind strengths and weaknesses, without micro-managing. No one likes being watched over like a hawk. Employees like to experience autonomy too, which is a great combination when married with a sense of personal ownership and responsibility, which only comes with delegation.
2. Communicates Actively – A good boss knows when, what and how much to say, or not to say. A lot of workplace problems are because of a lack of communication. When a boss is cautious and mindful of the words used, employees tend to feel appreciated and more motivated to deliver. It is important to develop one’s own style of communication based on the personality of an employee. Not all employees appreciate or require the same level of communication. People flourish when they feel safely supported.
3. Thinks Positive – A good leader is positive, an optimist. No matter what the circumstances employees should never get whiff of any negativity as they are always looking up to the boss for inspiration and cues. No matter how tough it is to remain positive, it is imperative for a leader to take measures to keep up employee morale. Practice of mindfulness assists in this aspect.
4. Promotes Work Life Balance – This is one of the most important traits of a good boss and organisation. This is the biggest struggle employees’ face on a consistent basis. A sense of feeling stretched. A good boss motivates people to work but also reminds them to maintain a work life balance. An overworked employee will never be efficient.
5. Mentor – A major skill set required to be a good boss is the ability and patience to mentor. Good bosses give their time to employees when required, because they know that in the long run investing in them will pay off. It’s all about the long run after all.