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Perhaps you just got promoted and want to be an effective leader. Or perhaps you're just planning for the future--let's take a look at a few things that you can do to become a good and effective boss:
A good leader must always toe the line between authority and approachability. A boss that is both firm and friendly can be a real asset to a company. Don't be wishy-washy and don't leave room for interpretation. Instruction should be clear and have an obvious path to completion. However, be sure to listen to the input of others. While you may be the leader, you're still part of a team.
Even though you want to be firm, you should also be open to changes. Embrace new ideas. Even if you do not implement all the ideas of your staff, they will appreciate that you had a receptive ear and will be willing to come forward with other suggestions.
Lastly, always be understanding. If a worker needs time off for a sick family member, vacation or just a personal day here and there, allow it. If the people who report to you feel respected, they will respect you in return.