How to Become a More Likeable Boss
This is something that too many bosses don’t seek out. Yes, the unlikable bosses one of those things that are become a bit of a cliché and very much a joke in society. However, we’ve all had a boss we hated, and many of us might still have a boss we don’t particularly care for but merely tolerate.
In the media, bad bosses are per trade is deliberately harmful, or merely sociopathic in some manner. The truth is, bosses are just people, and most people aren’t aware that they’re being annoying or unlikeable most of the time. Unfortunately, especially in a professional environment, who’s going to be bold enough to walk up to their boss and tell them that they are unpleasant? Most likely, this is only going to be somebody who is being fired. At that point, any criticism from them isn’t taken seriously, or someone who quits, which again, will result in their feedback not being taken seriously.
However, being a likable boss is a good thing. Yes, you are the boss, and your authority has to be respected. You’re not their drinking buddy; you’re there to run a business, department, etc. Some deference is appropriate, and a certain amount of social distance is required. However, suppose you want to get the best work out of your employees and have the best professional relationship. In that case, it definitely helps them to like you.
Where do you draw the line?
So, a lot of people are naturally apprehensive of their bosses. A boss can fire you, and that very fact just makes them an intimidating idea. One of the first steps in becoming more likable as a boss is demonstrating that you understand that mistakes can happen. This means being a little more forgiving than you might initially be comfortable with. People make mistakes, and sometimes people just make bad decisions as well. When it’s not a case of an employee consistently making the same mistake or always flippantly breaking a rule over and over again, cutting them some slack is a good idea.
When you see a problem with an employee, instead of reprimanding them, approach them with an open hand in a friendly smile. How you can help them solve whatever problem it is, rather than decrying their shortcomings.
At the same time, you must draw the line, and at the end of the day, you are still their boss, not their buddy. So, you also need to make it very clear that somebody who disregards your authority and doesn’t take their job seriously will regret such a decision.
Being approachable and relatable is key.
You need to show your humanity to your employees. Laugh with them, engage in some idle chitchat with them, even though time is valuable. Have an open-door policy, encouraging them to approach you with ideas, concerns, and criticisms. Make them feel that you are a human being who understands that you are managing human beings, not machines.
Be sure to compliment your employees regularly when they do a good job. Make them feel appreciated, make them feel valued. Smile, be genuine and be affable, and only resort to being the disciplinarian when it’s actually essential.
So, after reading that, you think you’re ready to become a more likable boss, don’t you? Well, there’s a lot more to it than what was described here, and achieving the things related here is a bit more involved than just “doing it.” However, suppose you’re ready to make your workplace more efficient and happier and be a good boss. In that case, you’re prepared to learn how to be a likable boss first and foremost. Take a breath; you’re not giving up your authority by doing this; you’re just exercising it more organically and humanely.
In an online workshop, you can learn how you can be a likable Booss.
Module 1: Getting Started
Module 2: Is it Better to be Loved or Feared?
Module 3: Leadership as Service
Module 4: Leadership by Design
Module 5: Understanding Motivation
Module 6: Constructive Criticism
Module 7: The Importance of Tone
Module 8: Trusting Your Team
Module 9: Earning the Trust of Your Team
Module 10: Building and Reinforcing Your Team
Module 11: You are the Boss of You
Module 12: Wrapping Up