Leading from the Front, Middle or Back? Which Boss is Yours?

 

hw0_247263There are many kinds of leader in the world of business. Three of those are bosses that lead from the front, from the middle or from the back.

The most common leadership style bosses take is leadership from the front. This is where the success of the company is heavily dependent on the leader. He or she set’s the rule, the tone, the method. In this method of leadership, the boss guides and points the way s/he way or direction and navigates the business is going. This boss is the big brain. The one with the big ideas and the one that carries the company’s or the department’s future on the shoulders.

A boss that prefer leadership from the middle recognized that s/he fills the important position of a “leader” while recognizing that the experience, knowledge and ability of others is equally important as his/her own. It’s somewhat a leadership in conjunction of others. While it’s true that the boss the image of leader, the role is somewhat distributed among the other staff. This boss is part of the worker bees. s/he gets the nectar from the flowers but also decides how much honey should be made and how much honey comb is needed while being the face of the company or department.

hw0_242768A boss that leads from the back is out of the spotlight. This kind of boss takes the role of the supporting encouraging and empowering leader. Rather than taking the center stage s/he allows the followers shine. Unlike a boss that leads from the front, the success of the business in heavily dependent on the followers. This kind of leadership works best when the “followers” are fully knowledgeable, don’t need micromanagement or supervision and possess the sense of ownership and “leadership” in their specific tasks. The boss takes the role of advisor and has full faith in his or her subordinates. In terms of anatomy the boss is the neck in this situation. It turns the head where it wants it to look while allowing it the freedom of creativity and innovation.

So which kind of leader is your boss? The pragmatic one that is shoulders by the responsibility of keeping the company successful who is the master expert who you learn from. The part of the team boss that works alongside you who shares his success or the motivator boss that nurtures your strengths and believes in your ability? Not one is better than the other boss but one is the better boss for your personality and working technique. Which boss you want to be? Which one fits your personality? Whichever kind your boss is, know s/he is doing the best “bossing” possible and deserves to be celebrated.

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A Great Boss is a Great Leader

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The word boss has a negative connotation these days. It has become a word that inspires fear. It’s become a word that separates a person in the “leading” position from the rest of the workforce. And as such many men and women in the position become detached from the day to day operation of a work place and become people in a position to tell other what to do rather than coach and inspire those they lead. We have to remember that the big chair, imposing desk, designated parking space and the key to the executive wash room does not make one a great leader.

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This week we celebrate the great bosses that are great leaders. Those that sit in the big chair but are not afraid to sit indian style on the floor with their Minions brainstorming. those that would rather see their subordinates do a great job and excel in their position rather than keep a watchful eye making sure their own position is not in jeopardy. Those that understand that in mentoring and coaching others, make their own work much easier because in doing so they know they are nurturing employees they can trust to do their work well. Those that inspire enthusiasm and great work ethic. those that speak in plural rather than aggrandise oneself, those that give credit to others and those that know that they themself have to learn and have room to improve and strive for it. Those are the Leaders we celebrate.

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Bosses have to strive to be respected rather than feared. And holding oneself to the high standard of work quality is the best way to inspire the subordinates to respect their leaders. How can one person look up to another when s/he doesn’t walk the walk but does plenty of the talk? Right? Right!

Some of us are blessed to have leaders that inspire loyalty and respect. and we say thank you for being Great Bosses! We celebrate you!

 

Movie and TV Bosses

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Bill Lumbergh  with his famous coffee cup and his “Yeah, why don’t you go ahead and come in on Sunday too” from Office Space or the many MANY designer coats flung over Miranda Priestley’s shoulder onto an assistant’s desk on The Devil Wears Prada, or the personal meltdown of Michael Scott had almost on daily basis on The Office, or the devil incarnate (literally) played by Al Pacino from the Devil’s Advocate (it doesn’t get any worse than that really), or the slimy flirty boss played by Hugh Grant from Bridget Jones Diary, or Mr Burns from the Simpsons or all the bosses from Horrible Bosses that possessed all the most horrific characteristics of the worst boss that we could ever imagine are some of our favorite worst bosses on the silver screen and we thank all that is Holy that we don’t work for them.

We all can imagine that nightmare boss we hope to never work for, but there are those that we would give a left arm to have mentor us. And here are those fictional characters that make us dream we worked for. Those that stick up for their employee like Olivia Pope on Scandal. And who wouldn’t want to work for Gene Wilder on Willy Wonka? You can be as orange as you want and work with chocolate ALL DAY LONG! And Martin Sheen as the POTUS on West Wing. And M from the James Bond movies, who is like a “mum” to her secret agents.

As entertaining and fascinating the villain bosses are, there are as many good ones. This week, let’s celebrate the good bosses that have taught us the value of hard work, mentored us, encouraged us, and helped us aim for the best possible us. HAPPY BOSSES’ DAY!

 

What Makes a Good Boss?

Boss’s Day is the one day out of the year when employees take the time to show their bosses how much they appreciate all the little things they do for them throughout the year.  But what makes a good boss?  There are a number of different things.  Here are just a few things a good boss does.

•    They go to bat for you.  They will work to make sure your office or division gets the best assignments, or they will fight for you when those higher up in the company try to place blame on you.

•    They’re fair and honest.  They will listen to all sides of an argument and hand out work assignments in an equal and fair manner.

•    They realize when they’ve made a mistake or are wrong.  Bad bosses will always try to twist things around so that they’re right even when everyone knows they’re not.  A good boss realizes when he or she has made a mistake and admits it.

•    They communicate and appreciate feedback.  Good bosses say what they mean and make it clear what they need and expect.  They’re willing to listen to your ideas and feedback.  If necessary, they will even change things once they’ve heard from their employees.

•    They’re always looking for ways to improve.  This includes improving themselves, the office, and employees.  They will help you learn new skills when learning themselves.

How many of these items does your boss exhibit?  If you’ve got a great boss, show him or her your appreciation by sending Boss’s Day flowers in Washington, D.C.

Ten Things You Should Be Saying to Your Boss

 

There are a lot of things you should never say to your boss.  Those are pretty easy to figure out.  Things like “I don’t really like your tie” or “wow, what did you do to your hair this morning?” are obvious things that won’t get you a promotion.  But what about the flip side: what should you be saying to your boss to help build the relationship between the two of you and put your first on the list for a raise or promotion?  Here are ten different things that every employee should say to their boss.

1.     “I’ll take care of it.”  Managers love to see employees step up and take charge of something.  It means they don’t have to worry about it, and they know whatever the task is, it’s now in capable hands.  Offering to take on additional work like this also shows that you’re not afraid to step up and take on other duties.

2.    “How did I do?”  After completing a project, it’s always a good idea to ask for feedback.  This does two things: it shows your boss you’re not afraid of criticism, and it shows that you want to improve.  It also helps you know what areas you may need to improve.  Ask for more than just “you did a good job.”  If possible, walk away from each task knowing one thing you did exceedingly well and one thing you could work on.

3.    “Here’s what I learned, and here’s what I’ll do better next time.”  Be your own critic, too.  If you’ve made a mistake or did something in a less-than-great way, own up to it.  Your boss wants to see that you’re self-aware and know what your strengths and weaknesses are.  If you see an area where you need to improve, don’t be afraid to point it out and ask for advice or help.

4.    “Why do we do it that way?”  Just because the office has always done a task the same way doesn’t mean there’s not a better option.  While it may get annoying if you question every single thing, sometimes asking why a rule or process is in place is a good idea.  The answer may be “well, um, that’s just how we’ve always done it….”  If that’s the case, you might be able to come up with a new system that’s more efficient.

5.    “I’m not sure that’s the best way of doing that.”  This goes along with #3.  If something doesn’t seem to be working, don’t be afraid to suggest an alternative.  Being a yes-man is sometimes the best way to go with some bosses, but those who are truly good managers want their employees to disagree if they can back up their arguments.

6.    “I just heard about X, and that gave me an idea.”  If you hear, see, or read about something that you think you could apply to your current job, bring it up.  Sometimes, these ideas don’t pan out, but sometimes they lead to great things.  Even if it’s an idea that you aren’t sure can be applied to your job or the industry you work in, bring it up.  You never know what someone else may take from it.

7.    “Here’s what I’d recommend, and here’s why.”  Speaking up and sharing your ideas is always great, but including your thought process and reasoning shows your boss that you’re not just tossing out whatever happens to come to mind.  You’re logically thinking things through.  Being able to think critically and provide rationale for your decisions is a sign of a great employee.

8.    “Look at this, I think you’ll like it.”  While sharing great work ideas is important, sometimes you want to share something personal or a little silly.  Don’t be afraid to mention things that you think your boss would be interested in, even if it’s something like the latest internet joke.  Don’t do it all the time, of course, but if you see a funny cat picture that seems to apply to your boss or your company, it’s ok to share it.  Just don’t look for these things when you should be working.

9.    “Who can help me understand this better?”  If you’re stuck on something, speak up and ask for help.  Some people believe asking for help shows that they’re weak or that they aren’t a good employee because they don’t know everything, but the opposite is actually true.  Bosses appreciate employees who aren’t afraid to say that they don’t understand something and need some help.

10.    “How can I help?”  Be proactive.  If you have some free time or can take on something else, don’t wait for other people to come to you.  Ask if you can help out, especially if you know someone else is struggling with a large project.

All of these suggestions will show your boss that you’re not just another employee doing what you have to do to get by.  You want to step up and help the company in whatever way you can, and that’s a sign of someone who cares about his/her work.  It’s also a sign of someone who deserves that raise or promotion!

Don’t forget to show your boss how much you appreciate him/her on Boss’s Day!  We’ve got some great Boss’s Day Flowers for delivery in Washington, D.C.

Read more about these ideas in the original article by Steve Radick at http://steveradick.com/2012/08/21/ten-things-you-should-be-saying-to-your-boss/.

Bosses: Our Unsung Heroes

Bosses Day is this Saturday, October 16.  That means it’s time to think about what our bosses have done for us this past year and to celebrate them by sending them flowers, taking them out to lunch, or doing something special for them.  Some people may wonder why we should celebrate bosses at all.  These people may not realize everything our bosses do for us.

We often don’t know all the heat our bosses take for us.  In large company meetings or department head meetings, blame is often assigned or menial, unpleasant tasks are handed out.  Our bosses are the ones who get yelled at if a higher up believes the department has done something wrong.  They’re also the ones who argue for us to get the best assignments and avoid the dreary ones.  They have to fight for our department’s budget and against any potential job cuts.  Our bosses do a lot of work at these meetings that we never hear about.

Another thing our bosses do that we don’t always give them credit for is bringing in new team members.  Our bosses interview potential new employees, and it’s their job to weed out those who are unqualified or who wouldn’t be a good fit with the rest of the department.  When great new people are hired, it’s the boss who deserves the credit for selecting them out of the many different applicants.

These are just a couple of reasons why our bosses are our unsung heroes.  Remember your boss this week by celebrating Bosses Day on Friday, October 15 (since the 16th is a Saturday).