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11 Differences Between Good Bosses and Great Bosses

11 Differences Between Good Bosses and Great Bosses

If you’re lucky, you have had a chance to work under a memorable, humble, charismatic and exceptional leader who proved themselves iconic in their execution of day to day responsibilities,  one of those true leaders, one that values your input and listens, seeks to improve you as much as they seek to improve themselves.

If you’re even luckier, you’re currently in a position to adopt these characteristics into your role as a leader, to nurture your staff and promote their excellence in accordance with your own.

Having had the opportunity to work under this ideal boss and eventually move into this position myself, I can honestly attest to the fact that the role can be immensely rewarding through both perspectives. The wisdom continuously flows. You can learn so much from a great leader, which you can then teach to your staff; and you can learn so much from your staff, which you can then incorporate into your efforts as a great leader.

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1. Good bosses get things done.
Great bosses get things done efficiently and effectively, always focusing on achieving the utmost level of efficacy possible and progressively improving upon their delivery of results.

2. Good bosses listen and are receptive to ideas from their staff.
Great bosses force employees to speak, to think outside the box and instigate an effective flow of ideas. They nurture the imaginations of their employees and promote innovative thought.

3. Good bosses will roll up their sleeves and do things themselves to illustrate exemplary performance.
Great bosses will roll up their sleeves and do things, not only to lead by example, but to contribute to the team as a whole. They aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and work to genuinely contribute to the team rather than delegating responsibility.

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4. Good bosses encourage employees to develop within their respective roles and offer assistance when needed.
Great bosses actively force employees to develop within their respective roles by challenging them, monitoring their progress and nurturing their improvement, understanding that they have just as much of a responsibility to continually develop as well.

5. Good bosses convey praise and provide recognition.
Great bosses need not convey praise, as their staff is everlastingly equipped with a sense of achievement. Employees inherently understand that their efforts are unceasingly valued and recognized.

6. Good bosses give constructive criticism.
Great bosses give constructive advice, compliments, and criticism. They’re an active outlet for wisdom and their employees see them as a means to learn more – a fountain of knowledge.

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7. Good bosses will seek to achieve the achievable.
Great bosses will believe in the unbelievable. They will bite off more than they can chew and seek to instill confidence by doing so. Achieving the impossible will provide a memorable experience and promote determination and tenacity within the group as a whole.

8. Good bosses are professional.
Great bosses are not only professional, but demonstrate sincerity, personality and are genuinely human. While professionalism is admirable, professionalism blended with a shred of benevolent humanity is inspirational.

9. Good bosses play by the book and minimize any measure of discord.
Great bosses take an unpopular stand when needed and accept the discomfort of straying from the status quo. They stand out for charting through uncharted territory and demonstrate that dynamic approaches can lead to greater results.

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10. Good bosses ensure that their employees don’t bite off more than they can chew.
Great bosses feed their employees more than necessary, not to overwork them but to challenge them and keep them on their toes. Rather than letting the flames of motivation die down, great bosses are always stoking the fire.

11. Good bosses are humble.
Great bosses are so humble that they put their employees needs above their own, they don’t let a title and a difference in salary effect their relation to any employee. They connect to each employee on a professional and personal level, realizing that learning is an activity that can be reciprocated by the teacher.

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

Everyone has the ability to learn a life-changing skill not just this year, but in the next 6 months.

By life-changing, I mean something that can have a positive impact in your life moving forward, even if it’s something you can’t envision today. Certain skills we can immediately reap the benefits of, while others will be life-changing when we least expect it.

In this article, we’ll share 8 life-changing skills you can learn in 6 months, where you can learn them, and how you can get started today.

1. Speed reading

Bill Gates has been known to state that if he had one superpower, it would be the ability to read faster. What Bill and the rest of the mega-successful understand is that knowledge is power. The ability to process information faster from books, articles, and reports is what will help us learn faster, and therefore improve each aspect of our life faster as well.

Where you can start learning: Speed reading courses are becoming more popular, as more people realize how important it is with the limited time we have. You can check out free courses like Read Speeder or you can start learning how to use Spritzlet, which allows you to speed read articles online with a browser extension.

2. Public speaking

Research shows that people fear public speaking more than death itself. There’s something terrifying about being in front of dozens or hundreds of people, and exposing yourself completely. It’s when you’re most vulnerable, but learning how to public speak is a life-changer.

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Warren Buffett has given advice to recent graduates that the number one skill you can have to succeed is public speaking skills. Everything from communication, confidence, and sales is developed when you develop your public speaking skills.

Where you can start learning: Luckily, there are great communities out there like Toastmasters that organize local meetups all around the world. You’ll find amazing public speakers that are looking to get to the next level to beginners that are just getting started. Check out Toastmasters’ website here.

3. Spanish

As the third most spoken language in the world, the ability to speak Spanish will allow you to reach over 500M people around the world. No matter where you live, knowing how to speak Spanish is becoming increasingly more important, with the Hispanic population and economy spreading quickly worldwide. If you’re living in the US, this is even more important, with over 30% of the population being Hispanic.

Spanish is also on this list, because it’s one of the easiest languages to learn. Sure, Mandarin is an important language to learn, but it’s an incredibly difficult one to learn. If we were to measure the level of importance and the time to learn for all the languages available, Spanish would make it to the top of the list.

One of the biggest reasons why people never reach fluency in any foreign language is: using the wrong method, and lack of time.

It turns out that humans retain only 5% of what we learn from lectures, 20% of what we learn from apps (visual cues), and 90% of what we learn from immediate immersion. Yet, how do 90% of learn a new foreign language? Language schools (lectures), books, Duolingo (apps), etc that don’t provide the real-life immersion required for our brains to learn faster.

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Where to get started: If you want the most effective way to learn a language, learning from real-life interactions is the best way to do it. There are great websites like Rype, which offers Spanish coaching for busy people, solving the issue of lack of time and bringing real-life immersion to your screen. With Rype, you can book as many lessons as you want, at any time of the day, any day of the week, allowing you to fit it into your schedule, no matter how busy you are.

4. Accounting

If you’re looking to get into business, accounting is one of the core fundamentals you’ll need to succeed. While you don’t need to be an expert, you definitely should understand the basics.

This skill can also be used to manage your personal finances, to meet your financial goals, and having more control over your life.

Where to get started learning: If you didn’t learn accounting in school, no worries. You can either teach yourself using books, or check out free accounting courses online.

5. Microsoft Excel

Most people reading this probably have a basic understanding of Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. While this is a good start, there are so many powerful functionalities that are hidden, which could make your life a lot easier.

Excel is also a great asset to have whenever you’re looking for a job, as many corporations rely on Excel to organize and manage multiple parts of the business.

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Where to get started learning: With the popularity of Excel, you can find tons of free resources and videos online to learn. Check out Excel Exposure, Lynda, and Excel with Business.

6. Blogging/Vlogging

Blogging is a powerful tool if you want to spread your ideas, build your brand, or grow your business. Since it was introduced, blogging has taken on a life of its own, and today there are ~2M blog posts being written on a daily basis.

Where to get started learning: Anyone can start blogging today. All you need is a content-management system like WordPress, which is completely free. Personally, I think the best way to start learning how to blog is to just start writing. There are techniques you can learn on how to promote your blog, but the best way to grow your blog is to write great content.

7. Weight training

Yes, weight training is a skill. It’s not as advanced as learning how to code, nor will it take as long as learning a new language, if you just want to learn the basics.

We’re not promising that you’ll get a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but you will see much faster results for whatever goal you have, just by understanding how to workout properly. And of course, when you’re dealing with an activity that involves physical strain, you’ll always want to caution yourself.

Where to get started learning: There are amazing body builders that are sharing all of their secrets for free on Youtube. You can check out Bodybuilding.com’s Youtube channel to get started.

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8. Photo and video editing

In the digital world that we live in, from Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook, there is no avoiding photos and videos. In fact, social media has increasingly gone away from text sharing and almost everything to photo and video editing.

Where to get started learning: For photo editing, you can use Photoshop. For video editing, you can use iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Keep in mind, there are dozens of editing software tools for video and photo editing, but what’s more important are your editing skills, not the tool itself.

Check out education websites like CreativeLIVE or Skillshare, where you can learn from experts themselves on how to best use design and software tools.

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