“You’re not the boss of me!” I jokingly said.
“Oh yeah? Then who is?” came the quipped response.
Hmmm, now there’s a question! Entrepreneurs often call themselves self-employed. Well then, who is your boss?
Obviously, I have to be the boss of me. This is why I dislike that term self-employed. The moment I decided to operate my own business, I became the Boss, the Manager, the CEO. Now, this joking around with my friend made me think. How am I performing as “The Boss?” I had some thoughts so each of us could determine how we’re doing in this department.
Let’s start by thinking about the ‘bad’ bosses we’ve endured working under. What traits did they possess?
My top four “bad boss” traits are:
- Not taking responsibility
I’ve seen or heard about much worse, but these four go against my working values and irritate the heck out of me. I don’t want to be that boss. So, in order to avoid irritating myself, I’d better not show these traits in my business!
Because I’ve identified the things that I believe are not good qualities, I can now focus my attention on building my strengths in decision making, taking full responsibility for all aspects of my business, allowing my team to perform the work they are specialist at doing, and support all my clients and team the very best ways I can.
Take a few moments to perform this same exercise.
- Make note of the qualities of previous bosses whom like working for
- Note the qualities of the previous bosses whom you didn’t like work for
- Compare your notes to the traits you are using in your business
- Decide to make changes where necessary
- Give yourself credit where you are demonstrating your best qualities!
To up-level your business, start by up-leveling yourself and watch how the improvements affect all aspects.