I’ve had a lot of bosses in my short career. In one job, I had five, one great, one good, and three I’d rather not talk about. And in my first job out of college, I had the boss from hell. So much so that I used almost every sick day I had just to avoid him.
I’ve also had a couple of fantastic bosses, one that stands out – one who is encouraging, caring, but tough and with high expectations at the same time. And the further I got into my relationship with that boss, the more I was flabbergasted at bosses like some I used to have. Why on earth would you choose to tear someone down in order to get them to work harder for you? Isn’t that counterproductive.
The fact that my former “goos boss” builds me up – daily – made me want to work harder for her and for the company. And it wasn’t hard. When I emailed her to tell her a project was completed, I got back a “great job. Thanks for your hard work on this.” It’s not rocket science.
So if you’re a boss, take this seriously. Build your team up. Make it your priority. Because doing so will create more productive employees who are happier and more fulfilled and therefore keep you and your company on top!