Be a Great Boss

juis037367If you are a “Boss” or a manager, don’t you want to be the best you can be?

I’ve had the privilege of working for some incredible people over the course of my work life.  Some have just naturally been great bosses, others have worked really hard to lead and manage well. I want to be the kind of “boss” that people want to work for and with!  I want my team to be encouraged, to feel empowered and to believe that they have everything they need to experience success and significance.

Harvard Business Review  shares 3 things that each of us need to focus on to be or to become a “great boss”.

#1)  Manage Yourself

“Productive influence comes from people’s trust in your competence and character” HBR

To become a “great boss”, leaders need to learn how to manage your own life, in the office and outside of the office.  Your team and employees are watching.  If you want your team to have confidence in your ability to lead, manage yourself well. Many times  we assume that our personal lives and our work lives are separate, but you need to understand that people are watching.  Be a good steward, protect relationships and seek balance.  When you are successful in your own life, others will trust your leadership in their lives as well.

#2)  Manage Your Network

“The organization as a whole must be engaged to create the conditions for your own team’s success” HBR

“Great Bosses” have the ability to access all the resources available within the organization and outside the organization in order to reach the goals and outcomes desired of the organization.  Relationships need to be managed and a leader needs to invest time into these relationships.

#3)  Manage Your Team

“Effective managers forge a high-performing “we” out of all the individuals who report to them.”  HBR

“Great Bosses” have the ability to bring a team together to fulfill the vision and objectives before them.  This isn’t an easy thing to do.  The leader needs to have relationship with each of the team, the leader needs to understand each members strengths & weaknesses, and the leader needs to manage this team, helping them to work together, lean on each other in order to complete the tasks given to them.

Being a GREAT BOSS doesn’t just happen.  Every leader needs to work at it. Begin with these 3 focuses.


Russ Cline has wide experience in church, mission, and global leadership. Beginning in the local church in Southern California, then moving to Ecuador for 16 years to be a part of launching three distinct organizations, Russ is now back in Southern California working with Extreme Response International in providing leadership coaching and organizational development to leaders around the world. Russ' passion is to come alongside organizations and to help them identify areas of growth, focus and change, resulting in greater impact and effectiveness. Russ graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Business and Christian Education and completed his graduate work in Organizational Development. He has been married for 31 years to Gina, and they have three kids: Rheanna, Riley and Raylin. To learn more about Russ, visit: Write directly to Russ at: twitter: leadwithruss, leadermundial

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