Everyone seems to have a story about his or her pushy, micromanaging, dim-witted boss, but when was the last time you heard about a great leader of the workplace? There are a number of traits, attitudes and skills good bosses everywhere have in common. Here are the top four attributes of a successful workplace leader:
1. Has inclusive outlook. Especially in smaller businesses, it’s important for everyone to feel equal and part of the team. A good boss treats every employee fairly, not only in terms of salary and compensation, but also in how each takes part in day-to-day work activities. Exceptional employers create an inclusive workplace environment based on mutual trust and respect, so employees feel valued and engaged.
2. Concerned with the big picture. Though all businesses are concerned with profit, a good boss establishes an authentic mission statement to motivate employees. Giving employees something to focus on aside from money will give their daily routine a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.
3. Not afraid of mistakes. When employers come down too hard on workers who have made mistakes, other employees will think twice before tapping into their creative sides. A more effective boss encourages his or her employees to try new things without being too wary of consequences.
4. Keep employee concerns in mind. A successful boss will remember that employees are looking to navigate and advance their own careers. Helping workers improve their careers and reach their ultimate goals will boost morale and build an atmosphere of trust.