How to be a nice boss without being weak

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Many bosses assume that a leader needs to be removed and tough on employees in order to be effective. They fear that looking “soft” will erode their employees’ motivation and respect for them.

But when it comes to success as a leader, exceptionally tough leadership styles are the exceptions to the rule, as overly tough bosses create stress – and lots of it.

So, what does a “nice” boss look like, and how do you pull this off without being a push over?

How to be a nice boss without being weak

They’re strong without being harsh

A lot of leaders mistake domineering and harsh behavior for strength. Strength is something you earn and can’t enforce – only then will people trust that they should follow you.

They’re confident, without being cocky

We gravitate to confident leaders because confidence is contagious. The trick, as a leader, is to make certain your confidence doesn’t slip into arrogance and cockiness.

They stay positive, but remain realistic

Another major challenge that leaders face is finding the balance between keeping things positive and still being realistic.

How to be a nice boss without being weak

They’re role models, not preachers

This is about walking the walk, and not just talking the talk. Harping on people all day long about the behavior you want to see has a tiny fraction of the impact you achieve by demonstrating that behavior yourself.

They’re willing to take a bullet for their people

Great leaders don’t try to shift blame, and they don’t avoid shame when they fail. They’re never afraid to say, “The buck stops here,” and they earn people’s trust by backing them up.

They balance work and fun

A kind, balanced leader knows how to motivate and push employees, but also has the wherewithal to slow it down at the appropriate time in order to celebrate results and have fun.

How To Be A Nice Boss Without Being Weak

They form personal connections

Kind leaders communicate on a personal level. They never forget that there’s a flesh-and-blood human being standing in front of them.

They deliver feedback flawlessly

Leaders who are kind know how to take into account the feelings and perspectives of their employees while still delivering the message they need to hear in order to improve.

They’re generous

Great leaders share credit and offer enthusiastic praise and are as committed to their followers’ success as they are to their own.
Something to think about recently seen by Jamie – “The hallmark of a true believer is that there’s no room for judgement”