01 February 2008

Never be afraid to be a boss even if sometimes it is really tough…

Being the boss is not an easy task. It covers an enormous amount of ground that is constantly changing. Being a boss means being a leader, it means being a decision maker and it means being committed to what you do and setting an example for those around you. The boss is the business barometer and a lot depends on your attitude and how you conduct yourself.

As a business owner you fall into the role of being a manager by default and sometimes that can be the hardest part of running the business. You know how to do your business but you may never have had to manage people before and this a whole new ball game.

Being a manager sometimes means making tough decisions Sometimes staff just don’t work out and they have to be dismissed. You have to make decisions that affect the lives of others. There is a balance between what is best for the individual and what is best for the business. Remember that many people study for years to become business managers.

Having commitment to becoming a better manager starts in your own head. Sure you will make mistakes, but as long as you learn from them your skills will improve. Understanding and accepting the complexity of being a manager is one part, but realising that you are not expected to know everything overnight is the real key to becoming a good manager.

Read books on management styles and ideas. There are an amazing number around. Do a management course, ask your mentors for their ideas and advice. You will become a better manager which is very rewarding personally and your business will benefit from your increased ability as a manager.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TODAY? If you are in the position where you need to be the boss make a commitment today to be the best manager you can be. Enrol in a managerial course or buy a book on being a better manager. Treat it like learning any new skill.

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