I’m going to guess you’re a good boss.
How do I know this?
You’re reading this post.
Like me, you probably regularly consume a steady diet of podcasts, audiobooks, and traditional books on business and leadership.
You’re a good leader because you’re humble and hungry.
You know you can always get better. There is always something new to learn.
You use that mindset with employees as well. You are humble when you are around them and you listen with the intent to learn – both how to be a better leader and to have a more successful organization.
Good leaders stay humble and hungry. They are always learning.Good leaders stay humble and hungry. They are always learning. Click To Tweet
Bad bosses, on the other hand, think they know everything already. And they lack the humility and self-awareness to realize how bad they are as a leader.
The problem is – how do we reach these bosses when they are less likely to seek out new information?Bad bosses lack the humility and self-awareness to realize how bad they are. They are less likely to seek out new information. Click To Tweet
It makes me think of the bible verse Luke 5:31 that says, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.”
So, how do we reach those bosses who need a “doctor?”
Let me suggest four ways:
Share leadership articles. If you see a good leadership article or blog post, send it to those that need to hear the message. Add a simple note like, “I thought this was interesting.” That’s all you really need to say. Let the reader figure it out on their own.
Share podcast episodes. If you hear an episode that really resonates with you and you think it would help another boss, send it their way. It’s easy to text an episode to someone that needs to hear it.
Share the books you are reading. After you finish a good book, lend it out to those that need to read it or send them a link to an audiobook you liked.
Follow up regularly. Find out what they thought about the information you shared. Check-in with them. Did they read it? What did they think? Let them know what you thought of it.
I want to see a world with better bosses and the only way we can do that is for good leaders to help all other bosses get better. We owe it to 70% of corporate employees who are currently working for a bad boss.
Another simple idea is to buy multiple copies of a good leadership book and give them away to those that need it. Many authors offer a bulk discount.
Reach out to me on Twitter and let me know some other ways we can help build a world with better bosses.