You want to be the best boss. The legendary boss that your employees talk about on facebook and inspire jealousy among all their friends.
To be the best boss, you must have the number one trait that good bosses have.
That trait is: R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Just having the title of boss, manager, CEO, or whatever you are, doesn’t alone grant respect from your underlings. Respect must be earned and in order to do that, you must first respect those that work for you.
Do you know your employees? Do you care about their personal lives and their family? When you respect a person, you know them inside and out and show care and concern for them as an individual, not just as a worker.
Another key trait of respect is to never, ever (and I mean, ever) belittle your employees. Constructive criticism is one thing, but outright belittling and embarrassing is another. Employees never get over being belittled.
The word belittle is defined as: to regard or portray as less impressive or important than appearances indicate; depreciate; disparage.
Just remember that even though you are the head honcho, you don’t need to look down your nose at any employee. If you do, it will come back to bite you.
A final note on respect. Just because you may have a personal assistant, a six-figure income or a fancier car than your employees, don’t use these as excuses to not keep your feet on the ground.
Always remember what it feels like to work in a cubicle and go about the daily grind.
You will earn respect by rolling up your own sleeves and working right alongside your employees rather than observing your employees from a distance.