The latest BBC News quiz about the big questions on being a successful boss.
1 / 6 A successful boss is a man or woman who knows when to push and when to retreat.
How many times have you been asked what you were doing when you were asked a question?
Or have you wondered why it feels so hard to push?
If you answered that you were in charge of a business, you may have just answered the question.
It’s called ‘being a leader’ and it’s often the most important of all your skills.
But is it true?
It’s important to remember that a boss is only as good as the work they do.
If a person is a great leader but their work doesn’t work out, they might not be as good at leading as they should be.
They might be too good at managing their own egos, or they might be a poor leader in some other way.
In the meantime, you need to find out if the job is really for you and if you are a good fit for the role.
What is ‘being good at leadership’?
The phrase ‘being effective at leadership’ was coined by the sociologist Robert Putnam, and is the title of a book written by the business professor John Dunbar.
It is the definition that Dunbar used in his book The Power of Positive Thinking, and it explains that being effective at leading is about understanding the role and the responsibilities.
“Leadership is about making decisions based on the best available information and taking into account the feelings of others,” says Dunbar, professor of management at the University of Illinois.
In other words, it is about learning how to get to know people and get to understand the situation so that you can make the best decisions based in their own interests.
Being effective at a leadership role is also about knowing what the right people are for the job.
And what people are means having a sense of who your best customers are.
What makes someone successful?
Dunbar said that leaders are people who have a sense that they have to do a lot of the right things, that their actions have consequences.
It also means having the ability to empathise and to understand others’ feelings.
Being a leader can also help you learn from your mistakes.
“When you have a leader, you are more likely to make a mistake and have a conversation about it,” says psychologist John Dunhill.
And mistakes can be good things for your business because you can be better at handling them.
“A lot of people make mistakes because they don’t take the time to learn from them and see if they can make improvements,” says Putnam.
Being able to learn can also be key to making the right decisions.
“If you don’t know when to pull back, you will make a lot more mistakes and the result is a less efficient operation,” says David Peczkowski, a psychology professor at Duke University and author of The Power Of Positive Thinking.
“But learning when to say, ‘Okay, we need to pull this back and that’s it,’ and then being able to make decisions about how to improve and to improve at the same time, is critical to being successful.”
Are you a good leader?
This article originally appeared on The Conversation.
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