Dictionary meaning of boss is defined as “a person who exercises control or authority”. The relationship between boss and subordinate depends upon person to person. In a span of working life, one comes across different bosses. Some get a very good boss and his thoughts and principles are cherished lifelong. Some are not worth mentioning, while some become a favorite and are worth remembering for a long time to come. Some are remembered because of their leadership qualities, dedication to their work, and style of functioning etc.
Few bosses who are remembered are simple and do not misuse the position of power or authority. They make their subordinates feel equal. They are “approachable” by their subordinates even if they have executive status. They give their sub-ordinates autonomy and freedom to take important decisions. Provide their subordinates with all the resources to develop leadership qualities.
Sub-ordinates do not wish to leave their jobs and are more satisfied working with bosses who share leadership from bottom-up and never lead from top-down.
Here are two leadership principles that every boss should practice with his team daily-
- Facilitating a shared purpose that gives the work a meaning
Those boss who communicate an image of the future get attention from their subordinates. The subordinate’s point of view should be heard and if possible and viable should be acted upon.
The boss should be able to communicate clearly what the destination of the work is which is being done. In short, the ends result. He should question them – Why do you work and the purpose of doing it. Once the sub-ordinates come to know the greater good they are doing they will be focused on the end goal. They operate on shared values and vision that they have mutually agreed upon. The decisions and actions become more guided by the principles in their daily life.
These components define the whole team with the tremendous amount of passion and energy whereby the productivity is unleashed to its maximum potential. When the subordinates sees the relationship between what they personally believed and direction of the organization, the commitment level towards their work and organization increases. The employee joins the organization as theirs and organizations directions are one and the same.
The boss, as a leader should be able to communicate and let the subordinate know the image of the future as to why they are doing the work allotted to them and how their work will contribute to fulfilling the vision of the company.
- Delegating and sharing power
Relations are built on two-way trust. Sharing power and releasing positional control by looking after the subordinates first is from the boss side. In return the boss gets an extraordinary loyalty from them.
The boss should not use his positional power for his personal gains, special privileges or self-promotion. He should put his subordinates in the leadership position so that they grow and develop new strengths and undertake new innovative roles.
The boss should be a risk-taking type where there is an open communication and space for creativity to flourish. Actually by sharing power, delegating work and releasing control the boss gains “real power”. By letting his subordinate work without fear or favor and removing obstacles from the path, makes the boss a real hero. If there is a substantial support or help from the boss, subordinates can do amazing work and put all their efforts towards the work that they are doing.