*On the journey to the top, your character would either be a stepping stone or a stumbling block….onuoha Samuel*
Most of us have people in our lives we consider as role models, mentors, an ideal boss, or at least people we are professionally accountable to or look up to for inspiration.
Do you often wonder what it really takes to be successful? or wish to know what is really going on inside the minds of successful people? in order to be like them, be able to be of greater service, function better, become absolutely indispensable to them? or achieve what they have achieved? I am sure we all do.
Sadly, the technology for reading minds doesn’t yet exist.
However, after talking to and working with a few people I consider as successful and look up to for inspiration, I have discovered 12 common “ideal boss” traits, work ethics and attitudes that they possess and consider indispensable.
If you want to be on top, be a formidable leader, an ideal boss, these are some of the traits you must imbibe.
1. BE CONSISTENT
Consistency is a virtue, without which completion of any task would be impossible…..anonymous
Success doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a process and you must be consistent to get to the end of the process. Most humans are not naturally consistent people, we tend to lose interest or have a change of mind when things aren’t as rosy as we imagined, as a matter of fact consistency is a daily struggle. I have learned that consistency produces reward. So I try to Keep the fire burning!.
2. KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
success demands a positive attitude, being difficult, constantly complaining, nay-saying, gossiping, and generally being a grumpy and a negative person is not going to be tolerated for long, regardless of the skills you have, life responds to how behave. Even when you are surrounded by negativity, you must endeavor to stay positive.
All the hard work, all the sleepless nights, all the sacrifices,struggles and efforts all pay off. Never give up keep at it, do not be tempted to take short cuts or circumvent rules. Give your absolute best at all times. Hard work is probably the most essential ideal boss trait to imbibe.
4.LEARN TO PROFFER SOLUTIONS
Problems require solutions not endurance….African saying
Simply identifying a problem without offering any kind of assistance or solution, is not good enough. You need to always identity a problem with a view to proffering a solution. If you don’t have the expertise to address the problem, talk to someone who does.
5. EXPECT CRITICISM
If you do not want criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing…..anonymous
whoever you are and whatever it is you do, not everyone is going to agree with you, don’t take it personal.
Constructive criticism is how we all learn to grow in our roles, and advance in our careers. Learn from it, do not see it as an attack on your person or progress. People should be able to critique your work and ideas without you feeling attacked or hurt. In cases of negative criticisms, simple brush if off and move on, understand that you can’t please everyone.
6.THINK BEYOND THE NORM
Creativity is not a skill, it is not a talent, it is simply the product of an active mind….onuoha samuel
learn to be creative with life, think outside the box, life doesn’t always have to follow a convenient/conventional pattern. To go beyond your limitations and set boundaries you need to out-think the competition.
7. YOU DON’T HAVE TO AGREE WITH EVERYTHING
There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a dissenting opinion, Someone who says yes to every single thing is not only seen as irritating, but also lazy. It takes work, and bravery, to speak up about an idea that’s different. But it also shows you’re thinking.
8. LEARN TO SAY NO
If you want to please everyone, go sell ice cream…anonymous
Saying yes is probably the fastest and easiest way to get every one to love you, as no one wants anyone to disagree with them. You have to learn to say NO! to what you do not want or agree with, you should not have to put up with anything you do not want around you or in your life. Learn to say NO! to people, ideas, things, and opinions you disagree with, regardless of who may feel slighted or disappointed.
9. HAVE AN INDEPENDENT MIND
” If all your opinions and perspectives are informed by sentiment and external influence, you don’t really think you just feel…..onuoha samuel
Having an independent mind doesn’t mean being controversial or disagreeing with everyone and everything. It simple means being able to think by yourself, make independent assertions, have originality of thought, form opinions based on detailed analysis and understanding of situations, not being swayed by sentiments and bowing to pressure to take the side with the popular opinions.
10. BE LOYAL
Nothing inspires loyalty except loyalty. You cannot expect loyalty if you do not show it. If you must inspire loyalty, people around you must see you as someone worth being loyal to. People must know they can count on you to have their back and in turn they would have yours.
11. HAVE INTEGRITY/BE DEPENDABLE
Without integrity it is impossible to be taken seriously as a leader, or as a person.
Your reputation counts a lot if you must become successful in any endeavor. Everyone loves a person they can depend on, a person who would be sure to keep his/her word, a person who makes a promise and is certain to keep it.
12. SET GOALS
when you have no destination, every road would seem like the road….anonymous
Without goals in life, everything would be random and left to chance. Goals create structure in life, and it is only through proper structure and planing that success can be achieved. Learn to set both short and long-term goals, family goals, business goals, academic goals e.t.c. Recognize and celebrate the achievements of these goals, as it would serve to spur you on.
Undoubtedly it takes a lot to make it to the top, sometimes sheer luck may play a part, but one thing is certain to be successful and to maintain the status of success one must be intentional about it, imbibe ideal boss traits, work towards it and keep at it no matter the challenges.
Feel free to add to this list in the comment section.
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