July 1st, 2014
No one in a leadership position steps into an office and thinks, “I’m going to be a really terrible boss.” In fact, most of the time, leaders start out with great intentions to improve overall management and build a strong team. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always go as planned and frustration, miscommunication and unmet expectations turn good intentions into a “bad boss” reputation.
The truth is that being a great boss requires some strong personality traits. While everyone certainly has their own unique personality, it’s critical to adopt some new traits that will help you become a boss that shows excellent leadership and management skills.
10 Personality Traits of a Great Boss
No one appreciates being lied to, especially by someone they look up to or who is in a leadership position. Be honest with your employees, even if the truth stings a bit.
2. Positive Thinking
A lot of bosses have the tendency to think negatively and be pessimistic about the details. That method of leadership only leads to a negative atmosphere where fear is the driving force. Use the power of positive psychology to create a cheerful atmosphere.
All employees need inspiration. Be that inspirational leader that encourages them to push past their limits and execute their passions.
You know when to leave your employees alone. Don’t be tempted by micromanagement.
It’s important to have a great work and life balance. Maintain one for yourself and allow employees to do the same.
As a manager, you are there to help your team succeed. Give credit where credit is due and step out of the spotlight. Read the rest of this entry »
June 18th, 2014
For the first time in history, four generations make up today’s workforce. Working side by side with generational differences can be a management nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be. While the 50-year age difference between a businesses’ youngest and oldest employee may seem like an unbridgeable gap, the truth is that a stable and long-lasting bridge can be built, as well as make a positive dent on company culture.
To correctly and effectively manage these different generations under one roof, it’s important to know the values, behaviors and motivations that each of the age groups possess. To start our series off about multigenerational management, we’ll first examine these differences. The four generations that make up today’s workforce are as follows:
Traditionalists – Born between 1927 and 1945
Baby Boomers – Born between 1946 and 1964
Generation X – Born between 1965 and early 1980s
Millennials – Born between early 1980s and 1996 Read the rest of this entry »
June 3rd, 2014
If you’ve followed our leadership skills series, we hope that you’ve been able to transform your management approach to become an effective leader in your work place, and also in everyday life. In the final part of our leadership skills management series, we take a look at leadership at its most difficult points.
Unfortunately, being in a management role isn’t easy. Sometimes, you have to do the thing that’s best for the team, even when it comes with some harsh looks.
1. Decision Making
While you may have the best view from sitting on the fence, a lack of decision making skills won’t score you any points in the management department. Teams need someone who will push for results and make the decisions necessary to reach success. “This skill enables the manager to anticipate problems before they arise and prompts him/her to gather information from multiple sources, evaluate the entire situation in consultation with his/her team mates and then make a sound decision,” says Gabby Bugwadia in her article, Ten Skills Every Manager Should Possess. If you procrastinate and constantly try to please everyone, you will not complete a project. As you develop your leadership skills, you will discover that the decisions you make will not always be the right ones, and that’s okay, it’s a learning process. Read the rest of this entry »
May 27th, 2014
We began our leadership in management series last week by introducing three skills that every manager should have. This week, we continue the lessons in leadership, particularly in the area of team building.
As any good manager would know, leadership is about coaching a team to work together and produce results that take the leader out of the spotlight. As Sam Walton says, “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”
4 Leadership Skills to Create Successful Team Building
1. Be a developer, not a fixer.
It is not a leader’s job to fix anyone. Instead, use leadership as a way to develop and facilitate the learning process of the individuals on the team. Identify the team’s strongest assets and place members in those positions they are most fit for. Sure, it may take some coaching and patience, but it is the manager’s job to propel an individual forward and let them discover their talents. It is the development that will most prove how strong the team is. Read the rest of this entry »
May 20th, 2014
Being an effective manager is not a skill that is learned overnight. Expert leadership and management skills are developed over time and through a lot of trial and error. However, once a manager does reach this legendary skill level, the job becomes less about managing other people and more about working as a team to succeed. After all, true leadership is when the attention is not focused on the leader, but instead when the team says, “We did it ourselves.”
Because these ten management skills are so important and we want to be thorough, we’ve split this series into three parts to review a few skills at a time. Be sure to take a minute and examine each skill; we’d love to hear your thoughts!
1. Leave your ego at the door.
Leadership and management is not a role for those with big egos. If you are continuously trying to leave your personal hand print on a project when someone else’s would be a better fit, you are dooming the team and failing them. Instead, cultivate your team based off of the best talent you have and make sure to spotlight and recognize that member when it’s appropriate. According to Computer Weekly columnist Kayleigh Bateman, “It is vital that talent spotting and development are treated as a top priority… Managers shouldn’t rush to look for external options as their next leaders could be right next to them.” Instead of being a team with the leadership of one, be a group of strong leaders that has an edge. Read the rest of this entry »
May 6th, 2014
If you’re preparing for an interview at a staffing agency, it’s important that you treat it as a real interview that could put you in the position of your dreams. Why, you may ask? The staffing agency that you interview with is going to become your advocate and put you exactly where you need to be to reach your goals; so it’s important that you dress the part.
Every staffing agency wants to help and, like any other prospective employer, they are going to ask many questions to find out about character, experience and work ethic. But there are a couple of different things that recruiters will look for as well.
4 Interview Tips from a Staffing Agency
1. Do you know what you want?
Staffing agencies deal with so many different opportunities, ranging from full-time to holiday gigs. If you can define exactly what kind of work you are looking for, it makes the recruiter’s job a lot easier. Are you looking for something to pay the bills or venturing into a new field? Be clear about your goals and recruiters will do their best to put you on the right path. Read the rest of this entry »
March 19th, 2014
How are you engaging your team?
How motivated is your staff? The more productive they are, the more efficient they are, which is why employee engagement is such a big deal in the workplace. As a manager, how can you inspire your employees to perform well? Keep reading for six methodologies to consider.
6 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement
Here are six ways to boost employee engagement in the workplace:
- Partner with them. Instead of just telling them to “do this” or “do that,” treat them as a partner. Listen to their ideas and feedback, give them the freedom to decide how they’ll do their job and treat each and every one of them as an important team member. Read the rest of this entry »
March 4th, 2014
What motivates you?
When trying to create a cohesive work environment, understanding what makes your employees tick is especially important. In this blog post, we identify five common workplace motivators for employees in hopes of helping managers and employers gain a sense of the most common desires their team members have. Read the rest of this entry »
February 25th, 2014
Are you utilizing subcontracting?
In business today, the rising costs of labor can be overwhelming. Not only are wages getting higher, but employees want more benefits to go with a higher pay grade. These demands can easily break a smaller company; even large companies can feel the pinch. Subcontracting out a position to a temporary staffer can easily solve this problem. In this blog post, we identify 3 ways in which subcontracting can keep you from breaking the bank during a time when rising costs can cost a company much more than dollars.
Three way subcontracting can cut labor costs with employees: Read the rest of this entry »
February 18th, 2014
Are you taking meal breaks?
Understanding meal and break laws in the workplace can be mind boggling to say the least. With an abundance of rules and resources for employees and employers, it can be hard to ever garner a full comprehension of their rights and responsibilities as they pertain to taking breaks. In this blog post, we will help you develop knowledge of meal and break laws by introducing basic rules and regulations as they apply to California. Read the rest of this entry »