12 Important Things Your Boss Wants You to Know

Lolly Daskal
Jan 4, 2018 · 4 min read

When you’re the boss, you want to do your best to effectively run your organization.

But as an employee, do you ever think about what your boss wants?

Have you taken the time to separate title from person?

Here 12 things your boss wants you to know- so each of you can be more effective and successful:

1. I am human and I make mistakes.

As your boss, I get things wrong the same as anybody. Please give me the same understanding that you’d like me to give you when you blunder.

2. I need patience from you.

As your boss, I may not have been given a huge amount of training before I was given this title. I’m responsible for things I’m still learning about myself, and some of it’s happening by trial and error. (On the up side, I’m a believer in on-the-job learning.)

3. I’m interested.

As your boss, your interests are important, but please remember that I also have to juggle the concerns and feelings of a bunch of other people, including people outside the team.

4. I’m always under pressure.

As your boss, I am almost always under enormous pressure that you hardly ever see. I will greatly appreciate anything you can do to make my job easier and any patience you can extend.

5. I need honest communication.

As your boss, if I do something dumb or ineffective, I need you to communicate with me. Talk to me directly; don’t hint or talk behind my back. Be honest with your communication, because that’s the way we learn from each other.

6. I need to see you doing, not just dreaming.

As your boss, if you are constantly telling me about your ideas and dreams and visions but you are not doing anything to implement any of them, it’s hard to take you seriously. I’ll do my part, but you have to do yours.

7. I value questions more than answers.

As your boss, If you don’t know something, ask. Don’t take the risk of trying to fake your way through things. Sometimes the questions are more important than the answers. I value curiosity, because if you ask the right questions the right answers will always present themselves.

8. We need to be a team and support each other.

As your boss, my title and position aren’t as important as your abilities and ideas. I believe we are always a team, working together as a community; whether you’re a leader or a follower we need to support each other, collaborate, and act like a team.

9. I don’t like surprises.

As your boss, If something is going wrong, tell me. I don’t want to be surprised. Don’t be reluctant to bring me bad news — tell it as soon as you know. Don’t wait to share things I need to know.

10. Mutual respect is important.

As your boss, I may not be able to force you to respect me, but I can refuse to be disrespected. I will give respect and I will expect respect back. Respect is the foundation of relationships.

11. I don’t believe in cutting corners and or doing things unethically.

As your boss, If you ever feel pressured by our targets and our time frame to cut corners, don’t. If you ever feel the pressure to make things right by doing the wrong thing, don’t. Let your conscience be your guide and do what is right even if it’s hard.

12. I believe loyalty is a two -way street.

As your boss, the only people I owe my loyalty to are those who never give me cause to question theirs.

We are always telling our boss’s what we think and what we want, but have you taken the time to think about what your boss’s might want to tell you?

Lolly Daskal is the founder of Lead from Within, a global leadership, executive coaching, and business consulting firm. You can connect with her on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and Google+ She is the author of the bestselling book: The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness.

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Article originally posted on Inc.com

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