Don't Be A Bossy Boss!

Ellen Hollander, AARP's People Strategy Officer, was on CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch yesterday. She offered some tips about how to be a better boss...and haven't we all had a bad boss a time or two?
Her tips can be found on Donny's blog, but here's a preview:
LEARN - Yes, you can learn how to be a great boss!
BUILD TRUST - Be authentic....and whatever you do, practice what you preach.
BE ACCESSIBLE - Have an open door policy.
COMMUNICATE - Share information, especially in a timely manner.
EMPOWER - Make sure your staff is clear about your goals and help them get there.
DELEGATE - Push decision-making to the lowest possible level and don't second-guess.
REMOVE OBSTICLES - Eliminate internal barriers.
COACH - Be vested in their success by providing ongoing feedback.
HELP - Provide a safety net for failures/set backs and turn them into learning opportunities.
RECOGNIZE - Show appreciation often...in small and in big ways.
ENERGIZE - Get people excited about the vision and how their work is invaluable to achieving it.

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