Additionally, paste this code immediately after the opening tag:

The Benefits of Working for a Leader Who Supports You

Most people would love to work for the “perfect” boss. Obviously, this is a tall order. However, it is possible to cultivate and leverage supportive leadership to improve your on-the-job performance.

How Can a Supportive Boss Improve My Career?

A Better Work Culture

According to Satya Nadella, the current CEO of Microsoft. “Leaders need to … create an environment where everyone can do his or her best work.” In supportive cultures, individual’s strengths are emphasized over weaknesses. Workers are encouraged to try new things while mistakes are viewed as part of the learning process. These types of companies usually boast superior innovation, increased output and higher retention rates. Doesn’t that sound like a great place to build your career?

Room for Growth

Effective leaders are willing to offer advice and feedback. A pat on the back is nice, but a supportive boss will provide constructive criticism too. After all, we all need to improve our performance, work harder or update a skill set now and then. Organizations that promote ongoing learning opportunities, regular evaluations and mentorship programs will push you to advance and achieve.

Greater Job Satisfaction

Supportive leaders view loyalty as a two-way street. They are accessible and open, and they seek to reduce workplace stress and ease fears about job security. It is no surprise that if you enjoy your work you are likely to be more creative and motivated. As a bonus, there are numerous studies linking job satisfaction to long-term health benefits. (CBS News, 2016)

How Can I Find a Better Boss?

Adjust to Your Leader’s Style

Although this may sound frustrating, a better boss may start with you. Different leaders have different management styles and communication preferences. Maybe your supervisor prefers emails over phone calls or weekly updates versus daily check-ins. Try to figure out what works best and adjust accordingly.

Build a Relationship

If your boss seems distant and unhelpful, make it a point to ask, “What can I do to make a greater contribution to this organization?” This question will demonstrate your interest and dedication. Hopefully, it also will encourage your supervisor to invest in you and to open lines of communication.

Research Other Options

You may have tried the tactics above and had no luck. In that case, it may be time to look for greener pastures. But (and this is important), do your homework before you jump. You don’t want to find yourself back at square one. Network with other people in your field. Find out which companies have good reputations when it comes to working conditions and which ones do not. Continue your investigation throughout the interview process. Inquire about management styles and organizational culture to determine if a position is a good fit before you accept an offer.

Are you thinking about switching jobs or careers? Aventure Staffing is the Midwest leader in job placement. We can help you find like-minded employers and opportunities to fit your lifestyle. Apply Now to receive a custom list of job prospects!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *