¿Cuáles son los desafíos de un jefe – líder?

What are the challenges of a boss-leader?

Let’s see what is the fundamental role of a boss-leader and his enormous responsibility of commanding a team of people to achieve the growth of a company.

This October 16 marks the International Day of the Boss, an initiative that arose by chance in the US, invites us to reflect on the fundamental role of a boss and his enormous responsibility to achieve the growth of companies through the stimulation of the talent of the workers.

A boss is not just the typical ruler in the chain of command. From the organizational point of view, he is the one who holds a position and is responsible for the results of his management, in addition, he stands out for his role as leader of a group of people.

Beyond a power granted in the company, whether the owner or appointed to this position, the authority is received from the people he leads.

Attributes of a boss – leader

Manuel Celi, Chair of Vistage Peru, tells us that, with his extensive experience in business management, coaching and leadership as a base, workers recognize a good boss for two essential attributes:

Authenticity

A leader indelibly marks the organizational culture and more so when he embodies with conviction the mission, vision and objectives of the company.

A boss with this characteristic encourages frank and open conversations even when it comes to difficult topics, generating as a consequence, another value of the work environment such as trust and sincerity among all.

Determination

This attribute will set the pace of work towards growth goals. No one is happy with a weak and unchallenging boss. Instead, everyone wants a tenacious and courageous leader who promotes a productive mentality in the collaborators and, consequently, is reflected in the results.

More than a hundred years ago, Theodore Roosevelt, former US president, mentioned that the best manager is one who acts sensibly in choosing good men to do their jobs, and with enough self-control not to meddle while they exercise it. For this reason, you have to recruit suitable people to be able to delegate.

How does a good boss manage without meddling?

Do not interfere by taking away the delegate’s freedom of action and decision, but through meetings to review indicators, an ideal time to give feedback and advice to improve performance.

It is important to emphasize that a good leader must know the expectations that their delegates have, both with the organization, its stakeholders and with the boss himself.

“This type of exchange, called -alignment of expectations-, requires a lot of humility from the superior; however, it is the best investment of time because it builds solid long-term working relationships”, mentioned Manuel Celi, who, at the same time, remembers one of the bosses he had at the beginning of his career, helped him to think big and highlights the growth mentality that he promoted in the organization with a lot of freedom of action, giving him the chance to show off your talent.

Frederick Herzberg, renowned psychologist who became one of the most influential men in the administrative management of companies, proposes in his “Theory of the two factors” as fundamental requirements that the good boss must take into account:

  • First, the “hygiene factors” are fulfilled when a boss provides a comfortable workplace, safe conditions, good pay, status, among other conditions, and second, the “motivational factors” make the tasks in The work is challenging with a lot of learning capacity and that the culture of recognition and celebration of achievements is promoted.
  • May this celebration invite us to think about what kind of boss one is. Ask the question of how we are experiencing technological, social and business changes. Are personal changes and improvements up to the challenges of boss-leaders or will we celebrate this year like a traditional boss?

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