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Who’s the Boss?

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Of course, we’re all unique people and none of us are exactly the same. There is, however, something we all have in common…we all have bosses! Even the “top dog” in an organization has someone they must answer to, whether that be the regional/state/federal/corporate office, customers (yes, they ARE the boss), or even (dare I say?) that special someone at home. Some of us are even lucky enough to have multiple bosses with competing priorities.

Bosses are obviously a big, important part of our lives, because without them, we’d have no one to sign our paychecks, tell us what to do, or remind us of every little thing we’ve done wrong. Ok, but seriously, for better or worse, bosses play a huge role in our lives. Good bosses provide us with critical, constructive feedback and support that helps us not only effectively contribute to the success of the team, but grow in our own professional development. On the other hand, bad bosses can create an environment of low employee morale and high turnover. Keep in mind that there’s still a lot that you can learn from a bad boss, especially in how (or how not) to treat others.

Also keep in mind that just because you may not see eye-to-eye with a boss, or if they are hard to please, it doesn’t mean that they’re a bad boss. High-functioning organizations have a diverse mix of personalities and backgrounds. These differences can sometimes lead to disagreement, but are necessary in growing as a team and successfully adapting in our rapidly changing business environment.

So why am I talking about bosses? Thursday, October 16th is Boss’s Day! I hope that you take this opportunity to make time to show appreciation to that special someone that you report to. And don’t feel pressured to find the perfect gift or to try to outdo your coworkers. There’s nothing wrong with a simple card or thank you note. On the other hand, if you are a boss, this can also be a great opportunity for you to reflect on your relationship with your team, and ensure you’re creating a safe and respectful culture within your office. In the immortal words of Michael Scott: “Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”

Written by Lucas Minor

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