Every boss can afford to improve. Here are 5 better behavior tips to assert leadership less aggressively.
In case you haven’t noticed, people who become bosses don’t always get the proper training. Some people find themselves in a position of management without understanding how to effectively get others to follow their lead. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge often leads to increasingly bad behaviors in the workplace.
Are You Assertive or Aggressive?
How you see yourself is not always how others see you. For those in positions of authority, however, it’s not unusual that others are looking to find fault and, as you may have experienced, disgruntled employees can become pretty aggressive about undermining your ability to lead. It would be so easy to defend yourself with an aggressive show of force. But a good boss knows that his or her behavior must be better than that.
Long term solutions that provide successful workplace environments require a little effort on the part of every team member. But as the boss, you probably ask yourself:
- How do I remain in control without being a dictator?
- What techniques can I use to fight the negativity and focus on the positive?
- How do I get others to work with – not against – me?
There is a difference between being in charge and leading with impact. No one sets out to be a ‘bad boss’ and most managers want to be looked at as someone their employees can trust. They want to know that their team is able to follow their lead with complete confidence.
Five Ways to Improve Team Behavior
It only makes sense that this type of work environment creates LESS stress and MORE success for everyone involved. Here are 5 tips to help you – and your team – behave better.
- Aspire to earn the respect of others by inspiring, encouraging, and empowering them to do bigger and better things.
- Assess every project and measure how to best manage the flow, putting the right people on the right tasks, clearly defining the goals, and setting reasonable timelines.
- Accentuate the positive, creating consistent opportunities for others to grow and following up with praise for their accomplishments.
- Adjust your own attitude first. Admit when you need more help and be willing to hear from your team. Get additional training as needed and be willing to share what you learn with others.
- Accept that you can’t solve every workplace battle – nor should you. Respect the ability of your team members to problem-solve and allow for failure. Every great success is the result of failure and problem-solving.
CONSIDER: What changes in your behavior would be most beneficial to you as a boss? How much do you really value what you do? How much do others value what you do?
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