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Do you have to be mean to be a good boss?

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edited June 5 in Work Place
this is a very controversial topic. Do you need to be a rude, bidder guy or gal to be a good boss? Should you be friends with your employees or bitter enemies?
therep
  1. Do you need to be a mean guy or gal?

    7 votes
    1. Yes
      28.57%
    2. No
      42.86%
    3. Mix
      28.57%
  2. Friends or bitter enemies?

    7 votes
    1. Friends
      71.43%
    2. Enemies
      28.57%

Status: Open Debate


Arguments

  • thereptherep 56 Pts
    Yes, you have to set a tone for the employees.
  • agsragsr 601 PtsPremium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
    Premium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
    It really depends.  If the employees are high end then you really need to partner with them to get the most value.  They are likely on the higher end of the Maslow Self Actualization pyramid and don't need you to be mean in order to get maximum productivity and innovation.  
    While you should never be "mean" to the employees regardless, it maybe good idea to be really stern with lower lever employees that perform more mechanical types of tasks.

    In almost no case you should be an enemy of your employees, and similarly you probably should not be their friend as that creates weird boundaries in a work relationship. Often when employees are friends and then one gets promoted to become the boss, the relationship changes.
    Erfisflat
    Live Long and Prosper
  • It is important to be strict within reason when dealing with critical issues at work, but never go out of your way to make an employee feel more worthless than another. A workplace's most important asset is its people, and instead of increasing unfriendly competition, it is better to take advantage of everything someone has to offer.
    agsr
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