Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say

You know how they say you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince? Well the same concept applies in the work place only PLEASE don’t “ kiss your boss” or their ass.
Let’s just say I have a diverse background that I consider a journey. Well on that journey everyone has to answer to someone. Being in a female dominated industry I have had mostly female bosses, which means honest feedback was just a lip servicefor me. But after “kissing” my fair share of bad bosses I have finally said yes to the right company and have a great boss. He’s inspiring because he brings out the best in employees and creates a positive work environment, he’s trustworthy and accountable so he exemplifies integrity. He’s humble because he doesn’t need or look for his ego to be stroked he consistently seeks opportunity to help and serve others. He’s great at giving support and has a good sense of humor. Most importantly he shows appreciation and makes everyone he comes into contact with feel valued. But this boss is a needle in a haystack. More and more I am reading out there the complaints on bosses in the sonography industry and it continues to frustrate me. Part of the reason for my diverse background is I just refused to work under a bad boss let alone ones that didn’t know anything about ultrasound. That being said with every job change I ever made I ended up learning a new skill and making more money, needless to say I have no regrets.

Did you know that having a bad boss raises a workers chance of a heart attack by as much as 60 percent? High levels of stress is directly linked with atherosclerosis. The stress and anxiety caused by lack of support, self-serving leaders that are both destructive and implement unfair practice are contributors to these risks related to heart disease.

Listening is crucial to gaining a complete understanding of situations. Without this full understanding, one can easily waste everyone’s time by solving the wrong problem or merely addressing a symptom rather than the root cause.  In my opinion, as a leader your job is to encourage others around you to be open and honest without a negative consequence.  Whenever I offered idea’s or had a difference in opinion I was shunned or ultimately my idea was taken from me and someone else received the credit.

Employees yearn for for good bosses, a recent study shows that 56 percent of employees would turn down a 10 percent raise to stay with a great boss. This is unknowingly to companies is the best incentive in retaining good employees, Which is why they say employees don’t leave bad jobs they leave bad bosses. Speaking from past experience, sometimes it can be both, however I have and continue to give you insights on red flags to look for in order to determine this for yourself.  I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Having a bad boss isn’t your fault, Staying with one is.

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