There are two types of bosses in the workplace: the ones you hate and the ones that respect you.


In the film Horrible Bosses, we see three examples of the bosses you hate. First, we’ve got the controlling, patronising egomaniac that offers little opportunity to his workers for growth and promotion. Second, we’ve got a boss who objectifies her dental assistant. Finally, we’ve got the guy whose idea of ‘trimming the fat’ involves firing all the fat people.

In response, the three protagonists set out to have their bosses killed (well that escalated quickly).

If you are a manager and this is something you would like to avoid, then it’s important to be the second type of boss: the one that respects his or her team.

Businesses can fall apart without effective leaders at the helm. When people within the team are dissatisfied, it often leads to a disorganised workforce. I once heard a great piece of advice: make sure no one leaves a team meeting feeling the urge to complain afterwards. Rather than being able to confront the issue with the team, seeds of bitterness begin to fester.

Similarly, businesses thrive under the guidance of a good leader. People work harder when they care about their team. Passion is infectious and it’s important to share your passion with others.

Creating and maintaining a well-oiled machine in the workplace takes time and effort. But it is essential for a successful business. From the smallest to the largest businesses, the ones that work are the ones that actively strive to foster a healthy working environment. You get out what you put in.

“Being a leader is more than just a fancy label and ticking boxes,” said Kristyn Haywood, Director of People for Success, a company that specialises in training leaders . “It’s about attitude. Treat your team with respect and they will respect you. Listen to them and they will listen to you.”

“A good leader’s influence permeates the entire workforce, creating long-lasting success. With individual success comes organisational prosperity.”

Hanging up inspirational pictures on the wall may be helpful but it’s not enough. Often the best way to refine a leadership team is through education.

Structured training throughout the leadership levels helps put everyone on the same page; it creates unity in the workforce. Everyone has a clear goal in mind. Everyone knows where they are heading. They are heading for success.

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