Recruitment: Eight things exceptional bosses regularly tell their staff


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WHETHER you’re managing a large commercial feedlot with 30 livestock and mill staff, or a small cattle enterprise with only one or two personnel, your employees’ success depends on your leadership.

Thankfully, the solution for motivating team-members and squashing any issues is right at the tip of your tongue. It all starts with communication – the skill experts point to as the make-or-break factor for successful leadership.

Here are eight things that exceptional bosses tell their employees frequently. Start using these tools (or begin looking for a boss who does), and watch your success rates skyrocket:

“I have total confidence in you.”

There’s nothing more discouraging than a boss who doesn’t believe in a person’s abilities and tries to micro-manage them at every turn. Even ultra-confident individuals will see their self-belief plummet if they’re treated like a white-collar toddler.

The late US President Theodore Roosevelt said, “The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

It might be tough to let go of the reins at first, but if you give your team opportunities to rise to the occasion, a happier and more motivated workplace environment will result.

“This is what I want us to accomplish…”

Great leaders motivate and inspire people with why they’re doing it.

What separates exceptional leaders from mediocre ones is their ability to communicate their plans and tie the ‘daily drudgery’ that many jobs include, into the big-picture goals. Charting a clear course for your team fosters a sense of job stability and drive at work – so always take the time to explain “why” instead of merely doling out orders.

“What can we do better next time?”

Mistakes, while best avoided, can often be are the best teachers. We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, and occasional ‘screwing up’ is part of the learning experience.

It helps to understand that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

Everybody has messed-up at his or her job at least once. Mistakes happen, especially when trying something new. As long as it’s not reckless or careless, turn that error into a learning experience.

Teaching someone what to do next time to avoid a blunder is much more productive than reprimanding them.

“I want you to play to your strengths.”

Too many businesses believe people are interchangeable. Truly gifted people rarely are. Such people cannot be forced into roles they are not suited for, nor should they be. Effective leaders allow great people to do the work they were born to do.

Every person on your team has particular skills, and its worth embracing that in the workplace. This speaks to the idea of treating people as individuals in a world where employees are too often seen as expendable.

“What is your opinion?”

Top-notch bosses don’t let ego get in the way of innovation – they seek advice from everyone, regardless of where they are on the totem pole.

Asking employees what they think of an idea or strategy is another great way to show that you have faith in them and value their input. Plus, the best insights often come from the most unexpected places.

“How can I better support you?”

An excellent way of reducing employee turnover is a preventative approach. Take the time to check in with your team. Ask them what’s on their plate and what you can do to help them manage their workload, and succeed.

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that impact lasts in your absence,” Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg says.

If you serve and enable your team, they’ll want to do the same for you and your company, too.

“Let me know if you have any questions.”

Many people have had at least one intimidating boss whom they didn’t feel they could go to for help. Having an open-door policy shows that you’re available to your team and care about open communication and their productivity. The faster their questions are answered, the faster they can get back to accomplishing the task at hand.

“Good work.”

No matter how much employees are paid or how cushy their perks might be, they’ll want to know that someone cares about their work. Give recognition; take a few minutes to invest in well-deserved praise, and your team will always appreciate it.






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  1. Edward Middleton, 14/07/2018

    If there was any doubt as to what Bosses of today, Owners, Managers, Head Stockman, Supervisors or Leading Hands need to accept, is that good workplace communications lies at the heart of retaining good employees. There is a saying in the Corporate World, Employee don’t leave the Company, Employees leave the Manager. This is now becoming the norm in the Agricultural and Pastoral Industries of Australia. When Owners and Managers complain about not being able to attract workers to the Industry, could it be that the cause is their state of their own reputations.? Clear Learning Network is a boutique styled ‘soft skills’ training business servicing Rural and Regional Queensland. Currently servicing the Mining Industry and associated businesses in the Central Highlands, Clear Learning Network is looking to expand its Client base into the Agricultural and Pastoral Industries of Rural Queensland to provide a series of short courses that will provide a level of Awareness, Knowledge and Understanding of what the expectations are of Workers when it comes to workplace communications, team building and management, and conflict resolution amongst a host of other courses. If your Agricultural or Pastoral Organisation would like to investigate what Clear Learning Network can provide to you and lay the foundations for a more productive Workplace environment in your Industry, then contact Clear Learning Network through the website . The Trainers and Instructors contracted to Clear Learning Network are experienced in the Agricultural and Pastoral Industries of Rural Queensland and have worked in the Cattle, Sheep and Grain Growing industries for many years. Change has come to the Bush and those who embrace the new age of training and learning will profit in their rural business enterprises.

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