8 Reasons 'Nice' Bosses Do So Well
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us have worked with a variety of leaders, and we have definite opinions about what they should be.
Dr. Travis Bradberry, cofounder of TalentSmart, an agency that services 75 percent of the Fortune500 companies, weighs in with eight reasons why “nice” bosses do so well. Overall, he says tough leaders “create stress, and lots of it,” leading to all sorts of negatives, including raising the cost of employer health care by 46 percent.
On the other hand, Bradberry says a “nice” boss generates all sorts of benefits in productivity and loyalty that tough bosses can’t match. Here are his tips for being a “nice” boss without being a pushover.
Be kind but have a backbone - A good leader knows how to be honest without being harsh. Helping people improve without completely deflating them is an art. It means knowing how to motivate and inform them at the same time. People who identify and care about their employees make the effort to do just that.
Be positive but never arrogant - Really good leaders ask for feedback, and mean it. They build on give-and-take communication with their team, and stay in touch with everyone, doing whatever it takes to keep the work going.
Be upbeat but stay real - Being the leader often means powering ahead even when the end results are in doubt. I have watched good leaders motivate everyone around them, and then go home and worry. That combination of spirit and realism often brings out the best in everyone.
Lead by example - Staying positive, working hard and treating people well sends a message to a leader’s team. They know their boss is in the game for real, and on their side. They hang in there, too.
Support each person - When a team knows their leader is there for them it makes a difference in what they give in return. They simply do their best.
Enjoy the game - The best leaders hang onto their sense of humor. In the midst of a difficult project, one of my favorite leaders would grin and ask, “Is this fun, or what?” Then he would order pizza and we would all keep right on going.
Work with each person - Strong leaders reach out to connect, knowing each person has a separate world of personal demands. Staying in touch creates bonds of support.
Share credit and applause - People work for a paycheck, but they also work for recognition. Good leaders speak up to thank people for their work.
Whoever you are, team member or leader, stay aware of what it takes to work hard and share the load to make it good for everyone. That’s success.
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