Try not to be any of the people discussed in this section
It is hard to find a boss who is always smiling and doing exactly what employees wish. They are always viewed as harsh, bossy, strict, etc. When someone is in a position of taking critical decisions, there is always little room for feeling. The burden of responsibly puts the boss on a bed of nails. It makes him face more hurdles than inexperienced employees can imagine.
The slightest mistake made by a boss always leads to dramatic results which affect the whole company.
Yet, stereotypes about bosses are deeply rooted in less experienced people, especially those who take every critique personally, and a big number of trainees fall within this category. The latter can believe in some or all of the stereotypes about bosses, and they believe that they:
- Are boastful,
- Are hard to deal with,
- Do not like employees,
- Do not want employees to earn enough money,
- Do not want employees to be financially independent,
- Do not trust employees,
- Consider employees as enemies,
- Focus on mistakes rather than achievements,
- Emotionally abusers,
- Only criticize,
- Do not open rooms for communication,
- Deny the employees’ goodwill,
- Never help their subordinates,
- Prefer micro-management over coaching,
- Do not care about employees’ personal lives and health.
Remember that the nature of the work exercised by bosses makes them seen as harsh. Here, I would like to illustrate an example widely used in my native tribe: Lions are fierce but not bad.
If bosses choose to be too friendly and nice, chances are that trainees make all the mistakes we are discussing on this website. The stricter the boss is, the more focused trainees are. So if your boss is super strict, do not think he is a bad person, but think of how much pressure is on him, and how many things he thinks about. If you think about your salary and position only, he thinks about all other employees’ salaries and future stay in the company, and he is responsible for so many things which you are not even aware of their existence.
Last, inexperienced people always need to be structured. Wherever there is no “boss”, there is weak productivity.