Being a Boss

In some manner or another, I've served in roles frequently referred to as "boss" for over 20 years. In a few cases, I owned the company, in whole or in part. In many more instances, I held some rank that granted me authority over the work-lives of others. I've learned a great deal over the years. And I am definitely still learning.

If you'll indulge me, I'd like to share what little I have learned about being a boss.

The first lesson - Don't be a boss.

Be a mentor, a guide, a confidant, a facilitator, a shield, and a coach. But don't be a boss.

Nobody likes a boss.

boss 1 (bôs) n.

One who makes decisions or exercises authority.

v. tr.

To give orders to, especially in an arrogant or domineering manner.

v. intr.

To be or act as a supervisor or controlling element.

boss 2 (bôs) n.

A cow.

On second thought, some people do like cows.