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The three things every great boss does

The three things every great boss does

by Moyra Mackie on March 22, 2014

It’s not rocket science this leadership stuff. Admittedly there’s a bit of science that comes in handy.

Like the science of how to motivate people

And it’s not what you think. Whilst money matters, we’ve got seventy so years of research showing that bonuses contribute to the quality of work going down and risk taking going up. Sound at all familiar?

So away from the science, what can you do that is guaranteed to improve your effectiveness as a leader of people?

And I do mean people. Not resources, or human capital.

In order for people to be resourceful they need these three things from their boss:

Great bosses make these three things a habit

They don’t skip their one-to-ones, they don’t only focus on task delivery in team meetings and they don’t micro-manage and dish out the blame.

They’re good delegators, good listeners and can balance support and challenge.

Notice I just said “good”?  You don’t have to be great at any of these things, because if you do all of them even averagely well on a consistent basis you could qualify for great boss status.

Sound like you? Or your boss?

Or does it sound more like Joe?

I created this doodle video a year ago to show the stresses and strains that many managers and their teams are under. Joe was just the average, imperfect manager that I have met so many times in my career as a coach.

Joe wasn’t doing any of those three things even averagely well and the key reason was that he needed to do something more than well.

He needed to become a master at time management

Wrestling control of your time is the one thing that allows anyone the chance to go from being an average boss to a great one.

So how are you doing? Are you average, good or great?

Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie helps leaders and teams to work with courage, compassion and creativity. She is an executive coach and consultant and the founder of Mackie Consulting.

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