How to Become a Likable Boss

Course Description:

While many who enter into management and leadership roles want to be genuinely liked by the workers they supervise, seeking popularity for its own sake can be a dead-end path. Many have tried to lead while seeking popularity only to find that, indeed, they are loved but not respected. Becoming a more likeable boss however does not mean you have to sacrifice respect. However, being a likeable boss and a respected boss does mean you have to learn to be more effective. This course will help you take the first steps on what will be a continuous journey towards becoming a more effective boss, the side effects of which are both like-ability and respect.

Research has consistently demonstrated that when clear goals are associated with learning, it occurs more easily and rapidly. At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand how to develop leadership qualities
  • Know how to delegate effectively
  • Choose inspirational and engaging tasks for yourself and others
  • Use wisdom and understanding to lead others
  • Identify the roles of your team
  • Learn how to trust others and earn their trust.

Is it Better to be Loved or Feared?

  • The Case for Fear
  • The Case for Love
  • The Case against Either
  • The Middle Ground
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Leadership as Service

  • Top-down Hierarchies
  • A Lateral Perspective
  • Know Your Employees
  • Genuine Empathy and the Power to Lead
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Leadership by Design

  • Begin with the End in Mind
  • Setting Goals
  • Determining Values
  • A Mission Statement
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Understanding Motivation

  • Dramatism
  • The Pentad
  • Guilt and Redemption
  • Identification
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Constructive Criticism

  • What are Your Intentions?
  • A Positive Vision of Success
  • Feedback Sandwich
  • Following up (versus Badgering)
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

The Importance of Tone

  • Lighting a Fire
  • Calming a Storm
  • Adult versus Parent
  • Changing the Script
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Trusting Your Team

  • Dangers of Micro-managing
  • Delegation and Anxiety
  • Aces in Their Places
  • Celebrating Success
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Earning the Trust of Your Team

  • Honesty
  • Reliability
  • Availability
  • Openness
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Building and Reinforcing Your Team

  • Identifying Team Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Identify Team Roles
  • Design Exercises with Specific Goals
  • What to Avoid
  • Case Study
  • Assessment
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