• Courtney Parks, MA, CPCC

3 Ways To Be A Great Boss Without Being Bossy



It can be a tricky balance for women to stay connected, be respected and be effective as bosses.


All too often, I hear clients and colleagues frustrated with what is (or what’s not) being done by those who support them - or struggling to be in charge without being “too strong” or “too weak”.


If you’ve got people that work for or with you, you know how crucial it is to make the most of those relationships.


Here are 3 things that will help you be more than just a boss…but a real leader too.


Schedule time to check in


This may seem obvious but the easiest way to get the best from your team is to connect regularly…and so many bosses don’t do this.


While it can be a challenge time-wise, checking in about current and future projects on a scheduled basis (in person or virtually) will help keep you and your supporters on the same page.


Just like coaching, consistent opportunities for discussion, goal setting and accountability will support both the relationships and the work itself.


Be clear about specifics


Once you’ve got your check-ins scheduled, it’s important to spend time mapping out exactly how your team can help.


I recommend making a project or discussion list before every meeting and prioritizing the details in order of importance. That way you know - and your team knows – what to do and what matters most.


This takes additional time as well but clear expectations make work go smoothly in the end.


Ask what your team needs to thrive


We often make assumptions about what motivates and works for others, especially if things aren’t happening the way we expect.


Instead of getting upset when things go wrong, get CURIOUS.


Keep an open mind, ask your team what will help and enlist them in the process of finding good solutions.


While you always have the final say, working together on challenges gives your team the chance to take ownership of their work - and you the chance to join with them as a leader.


Remember, it’s called a team for a reason.

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