FirstLight Franchise Blog

How to be a better boss…3 simple things you can do today!

Small Business: Tips for Your Business. How to be a better bossI’ve held onto some advice that I received many years ago.  It was an article titled “11 Things The Best Bosses Do.” I think I got the original article from my dad, but it’s been so long ago, I am not really sure anymore.  But, regardless of who gave it to me (in hard copy), it’s the information that I would like to share.  Well, at least three pieces of advice for today.

Why do people stay at their current job?  Is it the 401k match?  The comprehensive health insurance?  The casual Fridays?  Yeah, right.  Chances are that your relationship with your manager is a key factor in your decision to stay.  After all, your manager is the umbilical cord that connects you to the organization—and through that connection comes a lot of the challenge, the recognition and the career growth that give meaning to your work.

So, when you’ve got a really good boss, you’ve got a positive relationship that shouldn’t be taken for granted.  And, for those of you that are bosses too, we most definitely need to keep the above and below in mind.

1.    They Make a Personal Investment In Your Growth: They will take the time to find out what you want out of a job, and then they do what they can to help you achieve it.  If you want to move up, they make sure that you get opportunities to expand your skills and visibility.  If you want to stay where you are, they help you keep your job interesting.

2.    They Use Mistakes As Tools: They are good observers and can zero in on a mistake, dissect it and help you figure out how to solve it.  They are good teachers who use mistakes as a new challenge for you to conquer.

3.    They Involve You In Decision-Making: They know that the more you are involved the more committed—and educated—you will be.  They are smart enough to know what they don’t know, and they rely on your input to help them make informed decisions.

Stay tuned for next week’s blog when I’ll share more of these valuable tips on what the best bosses do for their employees!

For more information, visit us at or call us at (877) 570-0002.