The term “boss” has enough of a stigma attached to it that most managers are reluctant to use the term. One of the fears with hiring a first employee is that you will become the bad boss that you loathe — the boss you perhaps hated so much that it drove you to start your own business in the first place.
Rhonda Abrams: All right, let’s talk turkey. For many people, “boss” is a dirty word.
I know I never had a boss that I liked or respected. But you don’t have to be that kind of boss. You can be the kind of boss that you always wanted and the kind that reflects your values.
Even if, like me, you don’t have a role model you’ve worked for, look around in society for someone you think is a role model of a good boss and a good person. Then analyze what your role model did that inspires and motivates others.
If you’ve only had bad role models, look at what they did that you don’t want to do. That’s also important to identify. Then take a good look at yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, so you can balance your limitations.
Embrace your values. I hope some of those values are fairness and respect for everyone. And be true to your values on a day-to-day basis by how you treat the people who work for you.
Remember, you’re going to have to balance leadership and management. Sometimes, you’ll have to manage people. In other words, make sure that they’re not doing something wrong. Other times, you’ll have to lead people. In other words, make sure they’re doing something right. Those are both the roles of a good boss.
So don’t be reluctant to hire just because you haven’t yet seen yourself as a boss. But if you’re ready to take that step, you can get a free copy of my new book, “Hire Your First Employee”, compliments of Intuit. Just go to FirstEmployee.Intuit.com.