Is Being The Boss Getting You Down?

Being the boss can be hard. Sure, you’re at the top of the company, and you have a bunch of senior and junior positions beneath you, but you’re still the one who calls the shots and has to make the hard decisions. You delegate some of these out, but you’re still the one those very same people will look back to make sure they made the right choice. It’s a lot of responsibility, and a lot of people aren’t ready to handle it.  

 

Maybe your employees have a hard time doing what you say, simply because they don’t listen or they know you’re lax with boundaries. Maybe you don’t have quite enough confidence to walk into a negotiation and know you can get your point across, and get at least one investor or associate in that room to compromise with you. Maybe you’re just ripping your hair out at the prospect of having to walk into the office the next morning with your head held high because you just don’t think you deserve a position like the one you have.

Well, now’s the time to start laying these kinds of doubts to rest, and start being the effective boss you were always meant to be. You’ve got a company of your own, you worked hard to get it off the ground and recognized in the eyes of the market, you deserve to have a team that works well with you, and the confidence to take the risks you’ve always wanted to go down.

 

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One day you’ll be able to stand up with the same easy confidence and smile in your voice! (Source)

 

Add Some Energy to Your Working Days

 

Does the office ever feel dead around you? Maybe there’s some hushed whispers and the sound of the water machine every now and then, but otherwise, you don’t feel much energy or atmosphere around you? Well, that can be a killer for the productivity of your working environment and can make you feel like you’ve failed as a boss.

 

It can feel like you’ve failed to facilitate your employees in the way they need. It can feel like they have no energy for interacting with you and with each other, which you know is terrible for the easy social flow of the office around you. And ultimately, it can reflect badly on you whenever someone new walks into the building.

 

So it’s time to change that. It’s time to introduce a bit more energy. Remind your workers that they’re all in this together and that there’s plenty of things to talk about whilst they get on with their tasks. Make people collaborate as teams more, and make sure you’re getting stuck in as well. Even arrange drinks for after work, to make sure people are solidifying these bonds and getting to know each other in an informal setting.

 

Start Rewarding Everyone in the Office

 

In life, we’re always looking to be rewarded. Sure, a lot of people out there will only ever do something out of the goodness of their heart, but when you’re sitting in an office from 9 to 5, and you’re receiving little to no recognition for the good work you do, you’re less and less motivated to do any.

 

So be sure to start rewarding the people that work for you. Tell them they’ve done some good work at least once a day, and make sure you’ve always got an open door for anyone who needs a little chat with you about the tasks they’re finding difficult. Congratulate your employees whenever they manage to seal a deal with a tough or tricky client. Get someone a present if they’ve been working for you for a long time, such as making it to a year, or be sure to get them something big if they’ve been with you for 5 whole years! Maybe it’s even time to introduce an ‘Employee of the Month’ award?

 

Be a Little More Flexible

 

Being flexible about the hours your staff works makes sure you come across as a friendly negotiator who actually cares about the people who do a lot of the day’s work for you. After all, your schedule and their schedules are not going to align 100% of the time, and there’s always going to be other responsibilities in their life they can’t miss out on.

 

So be sure to introduce some more flexible working hours. Let people work from home from time to time, and by doing so, show to them you trust them to get the work done at the right time. Let people take lunchtimes out of the office. Let people swap shifts when they need to. Just a little thought here and there and you can garner a lot of respect from the people that work under you.

 

Take Some Breaks

 

Speaking of breaks, you’re going to need some yourself. You’re already feeling like you’ve failed as the boss, why not take some time out to rest your head and get your focus and thoughts together? When you come back, you’re going to do wonders as a newly invigorated leader you’ve always wanted to be.

 

And they don’t even need to be long breaks either – ten minutes here and there works well for making sure you’ve got time to eat and drink and step away from the computer at your desk. It’ll even make sure you’ve got time to chat with your employees in the break room, and those ten minutes you have will make sure any conversations never turn towards awkwardly trying to keep a social atmosphere going. Just make sure you’re taking some time for yourself, to stand up and take some deep breaths, and even go outside if you’ve been cooped up since 7 am that morning. We can all go a little stir crazy under those circumstances!

 

Even Take a Course If You Need To!

 

No one is born ready to lead, so you shouldn’t hold yourself to a standard where you think you’re faking your ability to be the boss simply because you need to learn a bit more! You’ve got all kinds of resources at your disposal, and some of them can teach you a thing or two about taking charge in a more productive and respectable why; why not put them to good use?


So if you’ve got some spare time in the evenings, and you want to make a proper impression on the office that works around you, why not invest in something like the Walsh University’s BBA in Management program? And online degree you can get on with at your own pace, that’ll make sure you’ve got all the best tips and tricks for being the best boss of tomorrow? And if you’re not interested in a course like that, you can always find chart boards and advice postings from people in similar situations to you – make sure you find tips and tricks from the pros who guest blog on big sites such as Forbes and Business Insider as well.

 

So, Do You Feel Like a Good Boss?

 

You don’t have to right now, but you shouldn’t let yourself continue in a vein like this. Not only will it make you less and less of an effective boss, but it could even actively harm your company as well. You’re the boss, you want to be the boss, and now’s the time for you to do something about these facts. You’re more than capable of it!

Elita Torres

I have over 20 years experience as a leader, first as a General Manager for several Big Box retailers with over 100 employees, then as a district manager overseeing an average of 23 stores. Currently, I am a Sales Director overseeing 4 Districts. My passion for leadership and personal development has led me to share my journey in a Blog. Find out more on http://www.leadgrowdevelop.com/about/