Being a boss is tough.
You have to invest time over and above what do you day-to-day.
Here are some notes based on personal experiences and conversations that if you are a boss currently or plan to be one soon.
- Don’t be lazy
- Show the path
- Lead by example
- Have no difference in what you say and what you do (Be a Man or Woman of your words)
- Understand that it is not easy being a boss – you’ll have to babysit your team members and resolve conflicts at times
- Communicate clearly
- Document what you say
- Give realistic goals and have a way to measure progress, maybe through OKRs
- Offer new team member a clear ramp-up plan
- Research says that new employees take about 90-180 days to get in the groove and contribute at 100% of their capacity, give new team members this time
- Don’t waste time in long meetings
- Enable an environment of trust that allows people to make mistakes, learn and grow
- Offer constructive feedback
- Keep your personal equations different from work equations and don’t let them come in way of work
- Fire when you need to
- Show empathy when you need to
- Understand a team member’s personality and help them leverage their strengths in doing the job
- Be open to ideas, and learn and implement if a team member offers a good idea
Are you a boss?
What have you learned about being one?
Share in comments.