Being a "Boss"

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday has returned. And so, we (most of us, at least) find ourselves at the start of another work week. This has gotten me thinking.

Upon graduating law school, I worked as an attorney in Chicago. It wasn't long before there were interns working alongside me. Interns whom I assigned tasks to and whom I evaluated. Not so long ago, I had been in their shoes. The universe is a funny thing. 

Fast forward to my current job where I am a supervisor. The greatestand most rewardingchallenge in a position with more oversight has been realizing what kind of "boss" I want to be. 

For one, I prefer the title supervisor much more because the connotation of bossing anyone around doesn't sit well with me. (I do, however, find myself calling my own supervisors "boss" every now and again. It's got nothing to do with how they treat me, though, and everything to do with the habit of using the word.)

Ultimately, I think it's important to remain humble despite whatever position or task at work you take on. Count your blessings. Continue to work hard. Treat everyonefrom the maintenance workers to your superiorswith respect

Be kind to others. And be kind to yourself. If you make a mistake, learn from it and try your best not to repeat it again. 

Lead by example. Be confident yet compassionate. Be assertive and understanding. Just because you're someone's "boss" doesn't mean you have to be bossy to get things done. In fact, you'll probably get less accomplished that way.  



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1 comment :

  1. Agree that humility is SO important. It's a good quality in everyday life of course, but it becomes essential when you move to a managerial or supervisor position at work.
    Great post!

    Nellwyn | www.thecardinalpress.com

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