It’s that time of year to reflect on the job you’re doing as a leader. It’s a tough, thankless job. You’re still handling a lot of the work you used to do, plus you’re managing teammates who are your friends. And probably didn’t get enough training to really feel competent and confident if your job. Not to worry. Here are 12 things you can do before the end of 2017 to be a better boss:
Give positive feedback to at least 1 person in upper management. They’ll appreciate your interest and attention.
Work with 2 employees to resolve their conflict. Tackle the conflict you’ve been putting off for months.
Delegate 3 responsibilities to employees that make their job more meaningful. Don’t just give them busy work; challenge them with important responsibilities.
Coach 4 employees to help them improve their job skills. You’ll find that coaching and redirecting people will net better performance.
Eat 5 vegetables a day to have more energy and clarity. It’s hard to manage people when you feel like crap.
Ask employees to identify 6 current procedures that waste time. Work with them to eliminate the procedure or change it for the better.
Set 7 goals for 2018 that will engage employees, support your company values and improve performance. Make sure you have specific action steps to reach each goal.
Give 8 praises to each employee over the course of one week. This sounds like a lot, but you’ll see a difference in their engagement.
Take a 9 minute walk around the block to ease stress. Do this every day and especially when you’re ready to blow up.
Listen to your teammates 10 times more than you do today. Don’t feel like you have to have all the answers.
Go to bed 11 minutes earlier each night to feel more rested. Sleep is one of the most important things you can do to perform better each day.
Do one thing in each of the next 12 months to improve your skills as a boss. Take a course, read a book, or listen to a podcast every month in 2018.