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Like a boss!

By Courtney Jones

 

Are you boss enough?

When it comes to being a boss, only certain types of professionals can profess to being made to manage. Do you have what it takes to call the shots? Try our Quiz to find out!

It's important for you to be liked by your co-workers

Yes. I needs friends to function

I'm usually too busy to notice.

It would be great if everyone could agree, but I can still cope when co-workers aren't happy.

The thought of confrontation makes you lose sleep...

Wait. People have time to sleep? I have way too much on my plate to worry about others' feelings.

I don't go looking to put people on the spot, but accountability is important.

I like letting other solve their own problems independently. It's good for professional development.

Does empathy belong in the office?

Yes Putting myself in others' shoes to understand why the job wasn't done is okay. It gives me more direction as a leader as how to best handle each employee.

No. Feelings and friends don't belong in the workplace. Bosses don't need BFFs.

Empathy should be used with discretion, but i think too much can often be a bad thing fur business.

What's the best way to get the job done?

On top of management duties, I think it's important to get my hands dirty. Being a team leader also means being a part of the team

Accountability is important to success. So I prefer to manage by monitoring my team members' performances, and then suggesting better ways to get the job done.

Delegation is key. It's a better use of management's time to analyse competitors and industry trends and let my team handle the grunt work.

When it comes to workflow, if it isn't broken, don't fix it.

There's a reason why processes exist. If there was a better way of doing things, upper management would know.

I'm going Darwin on this one. Adapting to change is important to survival.

People and culture matter, but I'm not going to try to re-invent the wheel when it comes to how we do things.

Candor is conducive to productivity.

I'll bear the burden of dealing bad news because employees don't need to know about what doesn't concern them. That's upper management's problem.

Transparency is important. I Don't sugarcoat things. I'm more of a "solution-based" thinker. I like to get to the point and then solve the problem.

I think it's more important to keep bad news to myself and not upset my team members. I'm a "self problem solver" and negativity could demotivate them.

I think that the team lead should be recognized for the team achieving its goal.

My team's success is a reflection of my management. What's best for the company is doing things my way because the job always gets done.

My team's success is also my success. That's why it's important to me to foster talent and let others have the limelight sometimes. More often than not, people I manage know more about their jobs than I do.

Sure, I'll let my team take credit. They did the work- but I'll let my bosses know who was really responsible for the successful campaign.

You've still got some learning to do!

Remember, being a boss doesn't mean bossing people around. You may want to brush up on your management skills before you angle for a big boss role!

You're a boss

You've proven that you're management material, so what are you waiting for?


by Courtney Jones

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