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Old 12-23-2018, 11:37 PM
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So this week I was hired to be a shift lead. This means that I will have a crew of people answering to me during the course of a shift trained by me, guided by me. It will be my job to be their boss.

I have had momentary leadership assignments but I have never actually been a boss over a consistent period of time before. So I have to now figure out what kind of Boss to be.

I have some ideas of what I do and don't like in a boss but I was wondering if others would like to throw in what you have liked, disliked, or vowed you would do different when you were the guy in charge.

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Old 12-27-2018, 07:29 AM
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My ideal boss is someone who listens to his subordinates' opinion, makes his decisions based on them, then sticks to what he decided and backs up his people if necessary. He mediates disputes between his employees and doesn't play favorites.

That's the theory. Practice is a lot more difficult, I'm sure.
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Old 12-28-2018, 02:31 AM
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In addition to Canarr's points, my ideal boss listens to team feedback and encourages them to think/work independently (guidance where and when needed, but don't micromanage people). Trust your people to come up with ideas and run them by you, and if you think an idea has promise try to work with them to make it work (or let them try it, see what happens and offer corrections). A good manager wants their team to be able to function without their constant presence, and employees should feel that they can brainstorm and offer ideas freely.

One piece of criticism that my mom received before she was let go from a management position (owner was a jerk) was "People like working for you". She viewed that as high praise, and does still.
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Old 12-28-2018, 08:24 AM
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Good points.
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One piece of criticism that my mom received before she was let go from a management position (owner was a jerk) was "People like working for you". She viewed that as high praise, and does still.
God that reminds me of a friend that was all "well you should be afraid of your parents or they aren't good parents"

"Uhm what?"

"Well you should be afraid they'll punish you so you don't misbehave" Your mom's old boss sounds like the kind "they should hate coming here and hate their boss or it isn't work" kind of person.
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Don't underestimate what YOUR mood does to everyone else. Employees get to complain, talk internally, be jerks, etc.

When the Boss does it, they take everyone else with them.

A good book to read that I recommend is Monday Morning Leadership.

And the other thing is, don't pretend when dealing with subordinates that you have more control than you do. This both protects yourself when/if management throws everyone a curve and the employees in that they do not have a faith to shatter.

I've had differing levels of authority, but I've always tended to project it at least for the last 10 years mainly by sticking to that. Being consistent, behaving in a manner that's regulated, and being there for other people goes a long way. It will even go a long way when/if you do have a bad day or are so busy that people feel guilty for taking your time.
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