Monday, March 20, 2023 | Sha'ban 27, 1444 H
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Never be a fake boss!

Abdulaziz Al Jahdhami

To be a boss is a dream knocking on many people’s minds and attracting their interest! Properly, such dream might come true to some people while it remains as a much-awaited dream for many others. Like all other dreams in one’s life, this dream requires a lot of hard work and sacrifice to achieve it! Not many people have the honour and pride to be called a boss! However, always with authority comes responsibility, a fact that most bosses are unaware of unfortunately.

Yes Boss! Thank you Boss; such provoking statements are the ones that please them and inflame their feelings of pride and self-arrogance too. However, they are not aware of the big consequences and challenges behind the responsibility of being a boss. To most of them, it is just a matter of getting the position and the package with the post. Then, they start pretending to be a man of a mission who talks nothing, but business and chasing their own dreams and interests!

Do you believe those kind of people deserve to be given the position? Does the word 'Boss' suits such personalities?! Do you believe that they would be good leaders to their teams? Probably no! As their only concern is serving their personal interests and getting their wishes made a reality, responsibility will be the last point in their list of priorities. Exactly, this is what will happen as tasks and responsibilities will be prioritised based on their personal preference.

Accordingly, such bosses, if they could be called so, how would be leaders?! How will they be able to lead their teams who need more of guidance, advice and management as well! Probably, they will be misleading their teams instead; careless and unprofessional bosses for sure. They will break the team and demotivate members. In such cases, employees will play the role of a leader to their own bosses who cannot even lead themselves!

Unfortunately, some organisations are today hiring similar employees as managers, directors or even in higher positions. Some of those are considered decision-makers whose decisions, judgements or assessment could affect the business of an organisation. Regardless of the nature or size of the business or organisation, what matters is that such people are like a harmful virus to the entity and its staff alike.

Therefore, the more those fake bosses stay in an organisation, the more they can harm the whole business. They could spoil work environment, employees relations, team spirit and business reputation too. Such bosses make nothing to their employers, but an infected organ in a body, which should be immediately removed to avoid the disease spreading to other parts of the body. Ideally, this is the best solution to protect the safety and health of any organisation having such bosses.

Undoubtedly, there are lot of issues which irritate employees every single day at work. Not necessarily that those issues are related to their bosses, rather they could be related to work load, stressed environment, ill-management and many others that should be given some attention and taken to the consideration of the top management. Otherwise, employees will lose interest and will be forced to leave. Hence, it will definitely affect their daily performance and overall productivity at work. Generally, it will affect revenues of the company.

Being a boss is a big burden on you; it is your responsibility to pave the way to your team instead of misleading them in the wrong direction. All what your team needs is some trust, transparency, proper guidance and inspiring teamwork. Leaders are those who always empower others. As it has been said that no man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. Thus, nobody can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.

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