In some manner or another, I've served in roles frequently referred to as "boss" for over 20 years. In a few cases, I owned the company, in whole or in part. In many more instances, I held some rank that granted me authority over the work-lives of others. I've learned a great deal over the years. And I am definitely still learning.
If you'll indulge me, I'd like to share what little I have learned about being a boss.
The first lesson - Don't be a boss.Be a mentor, a guide, a confidant, a facilitator, a shield, and a coach. But don't be a boss.
Nobody likes a boss.
boss 1 (bôs, bs)
- One who makes decisions or exercises authority.
- To give orders to, especially in an arrogant or domineering manner.
- To be or act as a supervisor or controlling element.
- A cow.
On second thought, some people do like cows.