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19 rules for being a better boss in 2014

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No one’s work life is perfect. The sooner you recognise there’s always room for improvement, the sooner you’ll see increased happiness and productivity in yourself and your employees.

With that in mind, here are 19 ways you can improve yourself as a leader in 2014:

1. Don’t be too nice. This doesn’t mean you should be a tyrant, but beware of diluting your leader status by doing these ‘nice’ things for your employees.

2. Have real conversations with your staff – not just ones which involve telling them what to do, or lambasting them for doing something wrong.

3. Be sincerely honest. You will be amazed at how much more of a connection you’ll make with your peers and employees.

4. Understand that you don’t know everything. You probably never will.

5. If you don’t already, give better exit interviews.

6. Remember the small things, like people’s birthdays and other important occasions. Celebrate them with your staff.

7. What better, more productive employees? Then hire people who will also help you to become a better boss. Success in an organisation is a two-way street.

8. Make sure you reward the people who really deserve some recognition. Don’t let another year go past without doing this.

9. Act successful. A positive attitude can be read in your stature, the way you speak and the tone of your voice. Your employees will trust and respect you faster if you are confident.

10. Find a mentor, if you don’t have one. Just because you’re the boss doesn’t mean you don’t have anyone else to look up to.

11. Then help your key employees find solid and effective mentors, too. (Hopefully, it’s you)

12. Work smarter, not harder.

13. Don’t overwork yourself. Becoming a workaholic is not a positive thing, and most people can’t maintain that level of commitment.

14. Don’t overwork your staff. Take it easy. Whatever you do, don’t push them to the brink of burnout.

15. You might be the boss, but you’re also just one piece of a bigger puzzle. Recognise this.

16. Invest in continuous learning for you and your high potential employees. Then, make sure you figure out how to translate what you’ve all learned to your workplace.

17. Go above and beyond. If you can do anything close to what these bosses have done for their staff, do it.

18. Don’t keep people waiting for you. You are not more important in this world than anyone else.

19. Be a team player. Get involved in the team building activities, help arrange social activities and use words like “we” when discussing problems, not “you”.

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