Being the best boss you can be
Business management is part of what makes a business succeed or fail. Thus, managing the best you can and helping to ensure success for your business is key. The following are five things you should focus on to be the best
1. The best leaders help their team translate talents and passion into results. Employees who are passionate about what they are doing, or the difference they are making will always do a better job. When a manager encourages an employee to use their talents, and capitalizes on those talents, the results are always better. Every manager should take the time to figure out what their team members are good at, and what they are passionate about, and see how they can use that to their advantage in benefiting the business.
2. Leaders clarify what they expect. When an employee is unsure what is expected of them, it is nearly impossible for them to meet those expectations. Responsibilities and expectations need to be very clear and straightforward so that every employee has the best chance possible to reach the goals set, and to make their boss happy, as well as contribute to the company. Expectations, deadlines, resources, and whatever else should be extremely clear so that there is no lost in translation or miscommunication about what you want and when you want it.
3. Leaders hold employees accountable to carry out their work. While a manager has some responsibility, and a goal not met, or a project left unfinished or botched will reflect poorly on both the boss and the employee responsible, there needs to be accountability for both. A good manager makes sure their employees know what is expected, and then holds them responsible for meeting those expectations. Regular sit down conversations should take place, measurements and metrics put into place, and an on going evaluating process to make sure everyone stays accountable.
4. Leaders help employees set goals with deadlines. A goal is essential to success in business. Leaders work with their team members to create realistic goals, time frames in which those goals will be met, and a system of measurement for evaluating the success of meeting those goals. Of course, these goals should be set with the employee's specific talents and abilities in mind. When you set realistic goals, and reachable time frames, employees work harder, and generally succeed in reaching those goals.
5. Great managers provide the resources needed to accomplish goals. Good leadership means not just setting goals and utilizing the talents of your team, but providing them with the things they need to be able to accomplish those goals, whether that is equipment, man power, or funding, or something else entirely. A good manager is conscious of the required resources for success, and acts as a resources themselves to help their team members to accomplish their goals and find success.