Follow these guidelines to prevent yourself from becoming a boss your direct reports can't stand.
Whether you're new to a leadership role or have a few years of experience under your belt, there's always room for improvement. If you've noticed a higher-than-usual turnover rate or an excessive amount of grumbling from your department, it may be time to take a step back and examine the way you operate.
1. Don't micromanage.
Micromanaging prevents growth and opportunity—something all leaders should strive to promote. When a boss begins hovering, it not only brews discontentment, it also shows that they're not getting anything done on their end either.
2. Work to improve your leadership skills and business acumen.
Becoming the boss doesn't mean putting the brakes on self-improvement, it actually means the opposite. Pursuing another degree or registering for a business-related workshop will help you learn valuable skills from other business leaders and give you ideas on ways your department can better contribute to your organization.
3. Respect boundaries.
Unless the building is on fire, don't call your employees after hours and leave them be on weekends. Leaders who acknowledge and encourage a healthy work-life balance can expect to retain their workforce.
4. Trust your employees.
Unless you have a bunch of teenagers working for you, you need to have a healthy degree of trust in those that work for you. Employees that feel trusted by their bosses will, in turn, feel more empowered in their roles and become far more productive. Just step back, loosen the reins, and let people surprise you. Oh, and make sure you're being trustworthy as a leader in return.
5. Establish goals and expectations.
Giving your direct reports something to work towards and reflect upon when performance evaluations arrive allows them to gauge their strengths and weaknesses. If your employees don't have a baseline of what to accomplish in order to earn merit-based salary increases or promotions, they won't know where they stand with you or with the company.
6. Make time for team building.
Team building boosts morale and strengthens inter-office relationships, so schedule lunches, volunteer days, birthday parties, or other events that break up the daily monotony. Getting to know your employees on a more personal level shows that you care about them as a human being—not just a resource.
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