When I was growing up, the term “Boss” referred to the “person in charge.” This person had the “power” to tell people what they had to do. Just as we strive to be adults when we’re children, we typically strive to achieve positions of authority in order to fulfill our need to become some type of “Boss.” How often do people gain this title without the experience and knowledge necessary to perform the responsibilities in an effective manner? In these cases everyone complains how inept the “Boss” is and how they dread working under his or her leadership. There are no manuals universally describing THE METHOD to be a good effective “Boss.”
I owned a chiropractic clinic for over 20 years. From day one, my dual title was doctor and “Boss.” I can tell you from personal experience that each and every day of those 20 years I listened, learned and practiced what it took to develop the skills to effectively manage my practice, my patients, my employees and most importantly, myself.
Learning to be the boss is NOT only a business title. It is an attitude that requires the skill to be able to adapt to changing situations in life. Each of us needs to learn how to be our own “Boss.” We need to guide our decision making process with the same level of expertise as a CEO running a major corporation. We need to evaluate the “Big Picture” prior to diving in to various situations to maximize their outcome. This is a task many people do not identify with. They have a tendency to do what they want and believe there is no one to answer to. I disagree. They have to answer to themselves. They are left with either the negative repercussions or the positive repercussions, but there is an outcome none the less.
Since the title is inherited regardless of merit, why not become the best “Boss” you can? You can begin by reorganizing your approach to life if the current approach is not meeting your standards. Is your approach to family, to work, to health sub par? As an effective “Boss” create self motivation to begin the process of change. Let these new approaches enhance the family experience, enhance the work experience and enhance the benefits of leading a healthier lifestyle. Prove to yourself you have what it takes to run this one body “company.” You won’t be rewarded with stock shares and you won’t be given a raise, but you will receive the benefit and skill to view life from a different perspective that offers the potential of a more purposeful and fulfilling life. Being a “Boss” is more than a title. It is a composite of who you are; how you position yourself to achieve your goals and who is affected by the outcomes. Learning the process of becoming a good effective “Boss” is not easy. There will be failure as well as success. But isn’t this true whether you have this title or not?
Practice and persistence in many cases is the difference between failure and success. Become your own judge. Following this path will open many doors in life you are likely unaware of . Your success at becoming your own “Boss” will make the transition to achieving personal responsibilities in the real world more realistic. Who knows, once mastering your new skills and new level of self confidence you may be approached by others requesting your assistance to help them and their companies. All of this as a result of simply LEARNING TO BE THE “BOSS.”