Employees don’t respect a cool boss

This past weekend I facilitated a half-day practice management session at the Women in Dentistry Leadership Conference. One of the things that was discussed was the topic of “fairness” in the workplace. We looked at how important it is to ensure that people are being treated fairly by the leaders within their organizations.A key learning was that the best leaders are not always the ones viewed as the “nicest” or the most well-liked, the best leaders are always the ones who are consistently fair in how they deal with issues and people. Think Steve Jobs who was known to be a difficult personality, but always very fair.

Check out the following article written by Brian Scudamore, Founder and CEO of O2E Brands. In the article he outlines 4 tactics that embody the concept of “fairness” in the leadership role.

Happy Halloween!

Warm regards,

Sandra Reder

President & Founder
Vertical Bridge Corporate Consulting

Studies Show Employees Don’t Respect a ‘Cool’ Boss, They Want These Types of Bosses Instead
Trying to be besties with everyone won’t win office politics.

In the early days of running my business, I remember trying to be everyone’s buddy. I wanted to be a cool boss and create a fun place to work. Ultimately, my efforts backfired: every time something went wrong, it was near impossible to tell my “friends” they were falling short. Tensions built up, people talked behind my back, and no one was having fun. In the end, I realized I didn’t set them up for success. By acting first as their friend, I failed to be the strong leader they needed.

In most cases, people don’t need (or want) their boss to be their bestie; they want a manager who supports their success and helps them reach their career goals. The coolest boss is someone who respects their employees, gives honest and useful feedback, and treats everyone as equals.

Here are 4 tactics that might not make you “cool”, but they will make you an effective leader.


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