The meaning of a message is the change which it produces in the image. — Kenneth Boulding
One of the key persons in the workplace who is likely to be unavoidable would always be the boss. Now that you work from home in Australia and are already your own boss – are you the kind of boss you’d like to work for?
Over the years, I’m pretty sure you have had several bosses you have had admired while the others made you not understand why you stayed longer with them in the first place. It may have taken you years to get to where you are now so you already know what kind of bosses are other there.
Are you one of them? What sort of boss will you be?
Top strengths in leadership entail conscientiousness, intelligence, assertiveness and the ability to adapt to any situation. Set an example to your team, pay attention to what your business needs and don’t ignore mistakes. As you work from home in Australia, your team will come to you for support online or offline and helping them grow means being a distant friend and a mentor at the same time. Earn respect and give respect.
Being your own boss is like walking on a tightrope that takes a lot of maturity, focus, understanding and patience to get to the other end. So much understanding is required from your employees’ job description and your understanding of what they do. Communicate more and extend personal consideration when they are necessary. At the end, the only thing that is significant is getting the job and getting it right. Instead of vacillating on the best approach in handling your employee, insulate them from what is wrong and head them in the right direction.
There will always be different kinds of bosses – nice bosses, nasty ones, power-tripping bosses, negative bosses, insensitive ones or the super kind ones. A person who tries hard to be a kind boss and prefers to be liked more than respected might no longer focus on delegating jobs to her employees.
People become leaders because they were made to become leaders – not born. Decide what kind of boss you are going to be. Remember, you are still in charge.
We will talk more in depth on the types and kinds of bosses in the workplace or the bosses who work at home in Australia in my next post. Learn more about becoming your own boss at Empower Network Australia here. Ciao!