For decades, we’ve spoken about them behind their backs, made pot shots on how they behave, they dress, how they should ideally be, cracked jokes about them and ridiculed their way of life. As we begin to share our thoughts in what seems to be our 100th post, our mind cannot but think of this person we deal with [or rather have to deal with] everyday. Oh yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are talking about your Boss! Here are five reasons why being a boss or a leader is tough.
- They have to listen – On any given day a boss has to listen to complaints, wish lists, how things need to be better & more profitable. Top line and bottom line chatter. And this is on an ongoing basis. Imagine a WhatsApp feed with a zillion messages being uploaded directly into your neurosystem and you having to constantly process information and news. Now add getting work done, future planning, talent management, managing costs and a competitive work environment. That pretty much makes for a day. It’s not like they can just switch off you know. For a boss knows what’s at stake if they do.
- Tough Calls – No matter what, a Boss has to at some point take tough calls. Like deciding who really gets promoted, who is qualified for leadership training, and how to really keep people at work happy and constantly motivated, self-driven while ensuring a fair learning curve. Yes, they do have help from other team members but remember the onus still lies with the boss. Who do we suspect when people seem to start leaving the team?Have you ever rewarded a boss for recruiting the right person in the team? Nope. Or worse. How about having to fire someone. You think that’s easy?
- Let’s Blame Them – More often than not, a boss has to constantly look at the larger picture. For not only does she/he have to meet business expectations but also play a fine balancing act between driving profitability and sustaining a business while wearing multiple hats to ensure growth and take responsibility for your actions [in case of a problem]. As an employee, how often do you hear yourself saying ‘Hey! I did this only because my boss asked me to. So don’t blame me now.’ Go ahead, lets just pass the buck. Let’s blame them for not getting promoted every year of your corporate existence and complain on how they are not allowing you to reach your full potential or how there is no employee recognition.
- But I do all the work – Remember a coffee conversation that goes something like – ‘I do all the work. My boss just sits there stalking people on FB. What stress? Huh!’ So what do you think all the pressure and expectations from a team, a business and the environment around brings together? It’s called ‘accumulated aggravated stress. Being a boss not only means having to take tough calls, take decisions that impact the future and help shape careers, but also having to deal with people who believe that they do all the work. No wonder it’s one of the most ‘under appreciated’ job profiles around town.
- Let’s Keep Expecting – This one’s a classic. You want a boss who’s more like a friend but should know that criticism can hurt your feelings, gives you complete control and freedom to grow but also takes onus if something goes wrong along the way. Does not judge you as a person but you can do the same to her/him, is empathetic at all times but also cannot be ‘too hard driven’ about business and targets. For we are only human. Phew! Expecting all of this from one person right? Let us say that again. Phew!
No wonder then that one often hears the old phrase ‘heavy lies the head that wears the crown’.
How about a simple ‘Thank You’ every once in a while? – Your Boss.