What Type of Boss Are You?
For those who have had any type of experience in the work force, it's likely you've experienced a few types of bosses – at least. And the longer you've held jobs, the more management styles you've come across. For instance, tactics like: the micro-manager, the OCD boss, the " Oh I'll just do it" type, the shoulder shrugger/anything goes style, and more.
All of these styles – and countless others – are held by bosses who see various degrees of success with their company. And chances are, developed opinions on each type of "ruling" – those you enjoyed, and those you didn't like, to say the least. Which also gives you a better idea as to how others will react to each type of management.
Experiencing first-hand are a great step in becoming a better boss. They help you know what to look out for, and how to achieve them for yourself. It teaches the warning signs of when your own workers are backing away or are unhappy (for whatever reason), and more. Essentially, putting yourself in the position of the worker creates an entirely new level of understanding in the workforce. And lucky for you, you've got plenty of experience doing just that. Your years of work – all the way down to your very first job, possibly as a kid – can be put to good use. Even if you thought your were just earning some extra pocket cash at the time.
How do you Hold Up?
Another way to look at these styles of management is within your own company. As much as it's possible, take a step back from the situation to look at how higher ranks fared. What were their personality types? Do you act like the boss who did too much? Or said to little? Or do you fall somewhere in-between? Personality types on their own might not be the only indication of your management style, but it will provide some great insight.
Next, see how your workers respond to you. Or, if you're still working on opening, look toward others on the outside – previous employees, lawyers, accountants, etc. Do they treat you with respect? Do they seem nervous or annoyed? Take note of their body language and behavior for a better rundown of your own abilities as a boss.
Other areas you can consider are points of success – are you making money? Is your business growing? Are you working toward an opening date and hitting goals? Do friends and family members act excited or complimentary? What are their words of caution? (Yes, take them with a grain of salt – but their level of concern/lack thereof should be noted.)
Finally, if all else fails, just ask. Find a trustworthy source – preferably a few of them – and say, "Hey, how am I doing?" Hopefully you get some honest feedback. Or, if nothing else, you will earn points for having gall.
Then, once you've collected all of your evidence, it's time to throw it all together, mix it up, and see what comes out on the other side. No one is perfect – not even bosses, so don't be discouraged if you get a few points docked. (Actually, it's expected.) Take the compliments for what their worth, and the criticism as ways to improve. Doing so will also create a well-rounded image of your management style – not just a single opinion or piece of feedback, but facts and ideas from the masses.
While you might look past the idea of "bossing" when opening your franchise, this can actually be an important step in your journey. Look at your own strengths and shortcomings, and how that might affect your workers, for an even better way to approach your business.
Staying humble is a great way to grow, and teaching yourself bossing skills can only help your brand become more successful.
To learn more about your own management, or how you can improve your approach, get in touch today.