I am fortunate to have a warm and receptive boss that cares about my future and goes above and beyond to provide me with the tools and resources to gain the necessary skills to grow and work in a very satisfying environment.
With her cheerleader persona, focus on rewards and recognition and balanced workflow, she is a role model for the qualities that we look for in a “cool” boss. On a daily basis, I witness a leader that:
There you have it, the attributes of a “cool” boss.
“Cool” bosses win championships, lead successful companies, mentor the future leaders of the world and at the end of the day are incredible mothers, fathers, children, siblings, friends, volunteers and advocates for good.
All to often, at some point in our career we fall under the jurisdiction of the “cruel” boss. There are many reasons we are supervised by individuals with negative energy that inhibit growth and change.
First, we should identify the signs of a “cruel” boss:
Many factors go into negative personality attributes affiliated with a “cruel” boss. Some are affected by their personal life, feelings of rejection being passed up on a promotion, a history of bullying or overbearing behavior or a perception that you need to be hard and aggressive to move up the corporate ladder.
Studies have been done on backgrounds, behaviors, genders and even height on the types of people that are promoted and make the most income. Some fields of study argue the tough and aggressive approach while others engage the collaborative and supportive approach.
Either way, more people spend time in the office environment than in their home and personal lives. From the time we are 18-22 until we turn 65 to 70, we will be spending most of our adult lives working. This is a statement that really needs to sink in. A negative work environment breeds stress, health issues and an overall negative environment. It can lead to such unhealthy behaviors as drinking, smoking or violence. This negativity will translate to the family live, personal life and interaction with strangers.
It is critical that leaders with people management abilities understand their roles and develop an approach that is positive, productive, engaging and fun. Here is how:
There we have it.
There are “cool” bosses and “cruel” bosses. The entertainment industry has taken a comical look at “cruel” bosses in film with Office Space, Horrible Bosses, Swimming with Sharks, The Devil Wears Prada and Glengarry Glen Ross, but this should not be the stance we take in the work force.
A productive team is always better than a productive person. The collective sharing of ideas, innovations and expertise will lead us forward in the business world. We need leaders that understand, support and foster a positive work environment.
Do you have a “cool” boss or a “cruel” boss?