Happy New Year! I hope you are ready to jump into 2017 after enjoying a fantastic holiday season with family and friends.
Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? I have. Yes, I’m losing weight and exercising more (Day 3 and I’m still going strong!). I’ve committed to reading more books this year. I love to read but the last few years I’ve strayed away from this good habit. And I’m going to write another book this year – or at least complete the first draft.
I’m also committing myself to being a better boss in 2017. Not that I’m a bad boss. In fact, I’d like to think I’m a pretty good boss. I’m a student of leadership and management and have facilitated countless workshops that revolve around the idea of being an effective supervisor. So I have a good idea of how to be a great boss. Like most (all?) people, though, I occasionally do something that puts me on the “Bad Boss” list. When I sadly show up on that list, I apologize to my team and get back on the “Good Boss” list as quickly as possible.
So how will I spend more time on that Good list? I’ll start by making these 10 Best Boss Resolutions for 2017:
Resolution #1: I will set specific, achievable, and motivating goals for my team.
Resolution #2: I will show appreciation for my team daily.
Resolution #3: I will be transparent in my communication and will truly have an “open door” policy.
Resolution #4: I will accept responsibility rather than blame others for results.
Resolution #5: I will give credit for success to others rather then take credit myself.
Resolution #6: I will seek permission to lead rather than manage by authority.
Resolution #7: I will seek opportunities to build trust with my team and avoid breaking that trust.
Resolution #8: I will truly listen and be fully present during discussions.
Resolution #9: I will demonstrate CARE for my team – Credibility, Appreciation, Reliability, Empathy.
Resolution #10: I will do everything possible to help my team find great success and satisfaction at work.
Of course, these aren't the only things I can do. In fact, being a better boss takes constant vigilance and effort. So perhaps I’ll add #11: I commit to constantly looking for new ways of being a great boss. If I’m successful in making these 11 resolutions part of my daily leadership walk, I’m confident my team will enjoy a great year.
What about you? Will you join me in committing to being a better boss in 2017? What are some of your Best Boss Resolutions?
Darren K. Ford
I've enjoyed a great career. Worked in many different industries with great coworkers and customers. I talk to a lot of people while drinking a lot of coffee. I read constantly. From all of this, I have much to say.