Project Management

How to Not Be a Bossy Boss

One of the ills of becoming a new leader is that now you are a lot more susceptible to being a jerk. A bossy boss’s heavy-handed and disrespectful approach to people who were once peers can wreak havoc on a work environment. In a post to PM Hacks for IT Professionals, Cheryl Texeira gives tips on how to not be a bossy boss.

Backing Away from Bossiness

Let’s say you have an employee that’s late every day or calls off for sickness often. You don’t exercise good leadership qualities by getting worked up over these little details. The focus should be on their workload and gauging whether or not their output is high enough. Perhaps they should actually be given more work, to put on pressure and push them to achieve more. Sometimes it’s the inverse and they’re overwhelmed with their current work. In either case, make sure that the employee feels that their work is appreciated.

Another step in the right direction is to avoid dictating and instead have a more debate-oriented setup. If an employee has a grievance or wants to make their point known, give them every opportunity to express it. Give them ample time to prepare their points and have them come in and debate them with you. It may get heated, but this debate is needed for the good of the product.

A goal in projects and IT projects especially is to foster innovation, and no one can accomplish that by being told what to do. By giving the team your vision and then letting them deliver it their own way, they can make some truly special solutions that everyone can be proud of.

Texeira wraps up by saying that you need to make sure you don’t abuse your power:

Remember that you are the boss and as such, your staff will be inclined to do as you say.  However, reserve making a sole decision for that rare occasion that a mutual consensus cannot be obtained.  If you haven’t exhausted all the possibilities and heard everyone’s ideas, you have no business deciding anything yet.  Don’t steamroll your staff.  Chances are, you are making a premature decision and you will regret it.  If you support your staff, hear their ideas and respect their work, the team will flourish and your only challenge will be to give them the support and tools they need to get their jobs done.

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Austin J. Gruver

Austin is a Staff Writer for AITS. He has a background in professional writing from York College.

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