Everyone who manages wants to be thought of as a great boss. Being one doesn’t mean being an easy boss or not challenging your employees. It means being the kind of boss who knows how to get the best out of your people, keeping goal posts clear in their minds, and giving them the right support and feedback to get to those goals no matter what (or learn why they didn’t if things go wrong). Ultimately, if you want to be a true leader and not just a manager, it starts with helping your employees build good goals and giving them the right feedback along the way.
Before we think about giving employees feedback on their performance, we have to be sure we’ve set them up with the right things to be performing on – that is, how do you give them meaningful, clear goals. So often, the goals we set for ourselves and others are poorly defined so we cannot see our progress and missteps along the way, or know if we have truly completed or failed at them.
One of the toughest things to do is giving good feedback. We have all had bosses who struggled here, either giving it too infrequently or not giving us feedback with substance and actionable points. Here are some great thoughts on how to do better for your staff.
After you provide quality feedback to your employees, it is important all communication going forward is meaningful. Successful leaders communicate with their teams in ways that remind the team they are essential to the success of the project and a part of the overall mission and vision. The links below share varying perspectives on how leaders utilize communication to effectively connect and inspire their employees.