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3 Steps To Being A Great Boss

by Miki Saxon

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I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t want to be considered a great boss by their people from the time they receive that first promotion to the time they finally retire.

It doesn’t matter if they work for a giant corporation, start a company or run a small biz, they want to perceived as a great boss.

The problem is that there is so much advice as to what a great boss is to how to become one that accomplishing it can get lost in the effort.

That’s especially true since much of the advice out there is conflicting — whether with other advice or your own MAP.

Happily, there’s a simple answer to the what part of the question: a great boss is one for whom people want to work.

Period.

The how is accomplished in 3 simple steps.

  1. List the five most important things that you always wanted your manager to do for you.
  2. List the five most important ways in which you always wanted to be treated. (If you no longer have a manager think back to when you did.
  3. Do them for your own team.

Most people who do this learn two surprising facts.

  1. Most of the 10 require no additional budget and can be implemented by bosses at any level.
  2. You will attract and retain people looking for the same things that you wanted from your boss.

They also learn 3 surprising truths.

  1. They don’t like the people who like working for them.
  2. MAP is impossible to sustainably fake.
  3. People are smart. It won’t take long for new hires to recognize that one or more of the 10 are faked and they will leave.

Image credit: Sam Churchill

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