Good leaders are made, not bornDate posted: 3/12/14 06:15:00 AM
According to Linda Hill, a professor at Harvard Business School, the most successful bosses and company leaders are perceptive to those working around them. Hill told CNN that beyond just financial figures and numbers, the relationship between employees and their boss or manager is crucial to an affluent company.
"It's always about the emotional connection," Hill said. "Being scared around you doesn't lead to your being respected."
But how does a boss go about earning respect from those working in the company?
According to a report from USA Today, company leaders need to earn the trust and respect of their colleagues by following through with their plans. There can't be any indecisiveness: When a boss claims they will do something, they must finish the job to build credibility. If a company leader doesn't follow through on promises, what's to stop the employees under them from cutting corners?
Colin Adams of Somerville, Massachusetts, told CNN if a boss he trusted was about to leave the company, he would happily follow said boss to another venture, if asked.
"I would gladly follow [a wonderful boss] to another company if they left because working for them is a great experience," Adams said. "And you want to take on new challenges and risk because you know they have your back."
The best way to build this kind of trust with employees is by showing fellow coworkers that they can count on you to complete a wide range of tasks. The way a boss leads a company sets the tone for the rest of employees. A strong leader can make a working environment much more prosperous.
A good boss can reduce stress on the job
No work environment will be completely stress free, but strong leaders can help employees put worries and uneasiness behind them. The problem is, not enough companies have strong bosses or managers leading the way.
That's clearly evident in a new study from the American Institute of Stress. The study revealed eight out of 10 working Americans said they had stress on the job, while 40 percent said their job was either very stressful or extremely stressful.
Stress in the workplace often stems from unhealthy workloads, poor job security, social issues in the office and improper work-life balance, according to USA Today.
Bosses who manage high-stress companies might want to put an extra emphasis on welcoming any input or feedback. Leaders who recognize the fact that employees are human beings with families and social lives also tend to earn the respect of their colleagues and reduce stress in the office, according to CNN.
Creating a work environment that is conducive to success
Pete Carroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, the reigning Super Bowl champs, is largely lauded by media, fans and the Seattle organization for creating a place where people enjoy coming in to work.
A good leader creates an environment where employees aren't checking the clock every few minutes ready to go home. So how can a company leader make the office a place where people enjoy coming in every morning?
A great boss will offer clear guidance and structure to employees. But that doesn't mean a leader has to micromanage. A good leader will provide workers with flexibility, allowing them to have a sense of ownership over the work they complete.
"[They'll] allow you to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes without throwing you under the bus," Jim Langseth of Minnetrista, Minnesota, told CNN.
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