A great boss can be hard to find. They're supportive in developing their staff members, they are great communicators, and they empower employees to excel. Are you a great boss? Maybe you like to play it cool. Take this quiz to learn what type of boss you are (all in fun, of course). Since everyone could use some pointers every now and then, (Nobody's perfect!) we will also give some ideas on how to become a better boss.
Mr. or Ms. Cool
You like to play it cool. You tend to be very sociable, funny, easy going, and confident. In some cases, you are seen as the relaxed boss that wants to be your employee's best friend. The plus side of being the cool boss is that you are well liked by almost everyone. The downside is that you might not be the best boss you can be. That just means there is room for improvement! How can you be a better boss? That answer is different for each cool boss. You got the cool thing down--the next step is to be both cool and a well-respected leader.
The Angry Boss
Uh-oh. You're the angry boss type. Maybe it’s time you took a step back to make sure your emotions are in check. Instead of blowing off some steam by yelling at your staff members, squeeze a stress ball and count to 10. Becoming a calmer boss will help you and your team enjoy work and be more productive.
The pointy-haired boss (The Boss) from Dilbert
You are quite the character--you're the boss from Dilbert. This probably isn't a good thing, but it does mean you have room for improvement. According to Wikipedia, the pointy-haired boss "is frequently childish, immature, ignorant, and rude, yet also annoyingly cheerful and oblivious to his own actions." It might mean that you need to be more involved in what your employees actually do and learn to trust them. You also might benefit from training or a class in business communication or management.
The Great Boss
You are a rare find--the great boss. You certainly deserve a gold trophy because you are a great communicator, you know when and how to delegate, you empower your staff, and you give genuine praise for even the small things. Not quite the total package yet? Take a first step to becoming a better boss by praising, rewarding, and encouraging great habits. This can be simply done through written or spoken communication or you can give employees a gold trophy of their own.
The executive boss is a true professional. You exhibit many qualities of a great boss: you are confident, a great leader, respected, and competitive. From time to time, you might be a little demanding, but you know how to get things done. Your dedication and strong work ethic support your success. In order to maintain this success, you need the right staff. You only hire the best and if an employee isn't pulling their weight, you do what you need to do to make things right.
Did the results match up to your management style? Even a great boss could use a pointer or two for becoming a better boss. Here are just a few ideas. How are you a great boss?
1. Make sure you're encouraging yourself and staff members to learn and grow. 2. Have mutual respect between you and your employees. 3. Be fair. While each individual is unique, do your best to be consistent. 4. Praise your staff. Employees like to know they're doing well. Let them know you appreciate them.