Working in groups, teams or offices always has its problems. An office is a good example of a society trying to reach a goal. The leader is indeed needed but leader is too friendly. A boss manages their employees, while a leader inspires them to innovate, think creatively, and strive for perfection. Every team has a boss, but what people need is a leader who will help them achieve greatness.
In fact, most of the people think the way I wrote but nobody thinks about the fact that we have a goal. Our goal of work is not making employees feel better, our goal and mission are making the job done. If they need an achievement or confidence, help them build a personal project or a new service with public interest but not applying their ideas to a project.
Every project I was participating in, had a problem named “unmanageable employee”. A lot of people heard about what being a leader is and how it’s different from being a manager or boss and it made them unable to make a decision. They can’t manage their staff and they can’t make people work as they’re supposed. I’ve seen a lot of bosses have an assistant that makes decisions and it made them being a coach or better to say a mentor.
Think About Soccer
I’m a Manchester United fan. We have a chant at Old Trafford: Glory Glory Manchester United. The pride and passion attached to these words are exemplary and unparalleled. The chant is used in 1982 for the first time, 4 years before Sir Alex Ferguson joined the club but it’s most used from 1986 till 2013, Manchester United’s golden time. He managed a lot of great players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand, Peter Schmeichel and none of them dared to call him coach or something, he always was a boss. He made decisions lead to best Manchester United’s period and made the club most successful club in Premier League.
Boss makes project done in its best way and makes employees do their best to accomplish what they have to accomplish. Boss gives them confidence to accept their mistakes and gives them a chance to compensate. To be successful, you’ll need to do the best and ask for the best, average is trash. Don’t be average, average people won’t win, average people only win when they put effort above than average.
To Be a “Manager”
Don’t Be Stuck In a Comfortable Routine
Many people get caught in their own routine. They get up in the morning, drive to work, return home in the evening, have dinner, watch TV, and go to sleep. They repeat this process every day, comfortable with the routine – and the check they receive every other week. This sort of mentality is counterproductive to advancing in life. And isn’t exciting either. You should always look for ways to improve your life, replace your comfortable routine with something exciting. Starting your own business is a way to go.
Always Search for New Business Opportunities
Every new business begins with the discovery and exploitation of a new opportunity – for example, a consumer need that is either unfilled or can be served better than it is served now. And it advances with the development of the right business model to address that opportunity. That’s why you should always look for new business opportunities, beginning with your office, home, neighborhood, or community. Then, come up with the right idea to address it.
Be a Doer Rather Than a Dreamer
A lot of people have good business ideas that they plan on executing, but they make these plans conditional on some catalytic event, ie a perfect time to make this happen. In reality, there is no perfect time to do things. That’ why you should be proactive. Be a doer, not a dreamer.
Do Whatever It Takes
Don’t let small roadblocks stop you. Stick with the business idea, and execute. Take the steps that will turn your idea into a real business. That’s all that matters in the end – but it isn’t easy. It takes patience, persistence and discipline to stay focused – patience to overcome the hurdles that stand between you and your goal; persistence to overcome the failures, setbacks, and temptations that may take you off course; and discipline to play the game right.
Have the Right Reasons to Start a Business
There is a misconception that business owners make more money and work less than people who work for somebody else. That’s not true, at least in the beginning. Besides, these are the wrong reasons to go into business. The right reason is to develop a product or a service that make a difference in people’s lives, as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and many other celebrated entrepreneurs did in the past. And most important of all, you should enjoy what you are doing.
When you are a worker, somebody else—your boss – has defined the work to be done. That person tells you what to do and when to do it, and keeps up with deadlines. When you are the boss, you must do all these things. That’s why you should be self-motivated, know what you are doing, be punctual, and work out all the details.
Get in The Right Psychological State
Put yourself through a ruthless psychological test to discover your inner deficiencies, and do what you must to get rid of them before they pollute your relations with partners, associates and subordinates.
To Be a “Boss”
Set Reasonable Objectives
Every boss has a lot to accomplish. Often the load is heavier than humanly possible to carry alone. But transferring the work arbitrarily down the line won’t help the overload. More likely it will just create chaos and frustration. You were made the boss so you could manage the flow, so do just that. Assess your team and mete out the workload that is manageable. Establish a reasonable number of specifically articulated goals and drive the team to complete them so they can obtain victory and confidence. Then you can raise the bar for next year.
Lead Instead of Dictate
Just because you are the boss doesn’t mean people will do what you say. If they don’t respect your authority, they will perform at a minimum level to retain their own security. You should make them believe key to success is your decisions. Let them tell their ideas and consult with them but the final decision is yours.
Accentuate the Positive
So many bosses spend a great deal of time correcting subordinates for every little thing they do wrong in hopes they’ll eliminate errors and increase efficiency. Unfortunately, people don’t thrive well in an environment of constant criticism. The great motivator Tom Hopkins says it best: “Keep your eyes open and try to catch people in your company doing something right, then praise them for it.”
Scrutinize Your Own Performance
Becoming the boss is truly the beginning of your journey. You now have more autonomy, but that comes with responsibility. Your biggest task is to grow thyself. Nothing will inspire those who work for you more than seeing you identify your weaknesses and consciously and publicly make the necessary adjustment. The great part is that every time you succeed then the entire team benefits.
Invite Others to Solve Problems
Ok, so as the boss, you are now accountable for everything that goes wrong. That doesn’t mean you have to do everything necessary to fix it. Your team wants to help. They want to work together to solve problems for the benefit of all involved. If someone isn’t interested in helping for the greater good, then by all means, be a good boss and either motivate or remove him or her from the team. Either way, you and the team can move forward with strength and pride.
Listen More Than You Talk
Yes, you have lots of experience and advice to share with those working for you. But that doesn’t mean you have to share it all the time. Don’t be so quick to shut down the thinking process with your direction. Otherwise, your team will think less for themselves and become solely dependent on your brain. Let them explore the problems and find their own great solutions. Listen to make sure they don’t get too far off track. Who knows, you might learn something new yourself.
Pick Your Battles
You can’t and shouldn’t fight every issue. You don’t want your team to feel battle weary. Direct your own attention and efforts only to where you will have the most impact. Otherwise, install critical stopgaps and give the team the ability and the power to make most of their own decisions and fight their own battles. The process may take a little longer and they may fail, but they will learn more and gain proficiency after every win or loss.
Make It Personal
For many people work is a means to an end. Chances are your team members have a life outside the office and their work supports that life. The people who work hard for you do so with dedication and responsibility to the company, in order to support their own need for pride and self-respect. Be generous with gratitude, praise and concern for their individual wellbeing. Otherwise, you may not have many amazing employees around to call you boss.
Thanks to Mansueto Ventures and Professor Panos Mourdoukoutas for their excellent guidance and help.