How Can You Be a Better Boss?

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-business-leadership-image27880882Leadership isn’t easy.

A lot goes into organizing and inspiring a team, overseeing and delegating tasks, and making course corrections in light of the results.

I think that we’ve all benefited a lot over the past decades from the increased numbers of women in executive and managerial positions across the country.

Words of Wisdom

While there’s much to be said (and debated) about the differences and similarities between the sexes, I think it’s safe to say that women have unique insights from their own experiences in the board room.

The staff at the British magazine Stylist collected words of wisdom from some of the most successful female bosses.

Here is one note I found very interesting:

In the 2013 book The Fall of the Alphas, author and American entrepreneur Dana Ardi says the traditional top-down, male dominated authoritarian leader is being replaced by a more collaborative and connected manager. She says that the best managers are learning to lead through the influence that comes from building collaboration rather than straight force or all out competition.

A High Cost

When you think about it, there is often a high cost that comes with being authoritarian, forceful, and very competitive.

It can over-load everything from your digestive system to your heart.

It can strain personal relationships and thereby cause additional stress.

And as common folk wisdom tells us…stress kills.

All these factors can result in higher rates for life insurance. However, a style of leadership built on collaboration and connection can avoid a lot of the mortality risks of being the “alpha male.”

Lower rates for life insurance could be just one of the many side benefits.

 
  • Elana Allen Amminadav

    I think one of the benefits to a more collaborative work environment is giving people the opportunity to take initiative and go about projects in their own way. This opens the door to more creativity in the workplace and new innovation.

    I’ve noticed that a less authoritative work environment is becoming more popular across many sectors and not just among female management. Do you think the 21st century has brought a general shift to a more feminine attitude in the workforce and in other areas?

    • Here is how I would answer your question:

      The places in which I worked growing up were all run by autocrats. Their emphasis was on telling you what to do, as opposed to helping you develop. People were pretty much just cogs in the wheel.

      I try to be much more libertarian in my own office. I try to let people be all they can be to the greatest extent that is practical. Since I am the one with the insurance license – and therefore the responsibility and the liability – the buck does have to stop with me.

      Let’s suppose that in another work setting, the responsibility and the liability are shared. No one is the Big Chief; therefore, anybody who assumes a leadership position is among peers. Anything less than a softer leadership style is uncalled for.

      So, to decide if we are in an era of softer leadership, we need to ask whether or not we are in an age in which accountability and liability are shared more in businesses and other places. Are they?

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