I have been thinking about what does and doesn’t make a good boss lately. I have worked for my fair share, and now that I am “my own boss” as I am continually reminding myself, I wonder how I would stack up.
There are articles, studies, even books out there on toxic bosses, people management, workplace stress and the benefits of happy workers on productivity. But there are still some horrors out there.
There are sexist bosses, shouting bosses, passive-aggressive bosses, threatening bosses, clueless bosses, barely-there bosses, breathe-down-your-neck bosses… a myriad of different sizes and shapes of toxic types.
The best bosses are supportive, encouraging, firm and fair: the types who were of the opinion that as long as the work was getting done to a high standard, there’s no harm in a bit of fun.
So how do I stack up?
I like to think I am my perfect boss of course, but looking at it objectively, I think I fall short in a range of ways. Granted, so far my only experience at giving out authority is being a constant voice in my own head, but who knows? Maybe one day I will have a staff of hundreds. So this needs to be addressed.
I veer alarmingly from merciless workaholic disciplinarian – “I don’t care that you’ve been in front of the computer for 12 hours, time waits for no woman and you have a DEADLINE, MISSY” – to the clueless – “What am I doing here again? Can someone help me? I don’t get it, I don’t get anything – who am I?” – to the lazy – “Have another coffee break and maybe go shoe shopping – as the TV says, I’m worth it after all.”
And this can be within the space of an hour or two.
Seems there is some serious training needed for me before I even think of inflicting my leadership style on any other poor soul.