Can You Be a Great Boss and Excellent Employee

Will you hold yourself accountable?

Published on May 31, 2011 by Dr Cathy

Going into business for yourself is the dream of many. You have the opportunity to work your own hours, not take any guff from other people, do things the way you believe are best and keep the money you make. Many people want to avoid the headaches of a boss who neither values nor listens to them. There are those who want to go it alone and not have to deal with the problems of employees.

Few people realize that owning their own business still involves an employee and a boss. The two just happen to be the same person, but the problems can be the same... or worse.

The Question of Employee Accountability

When you're working for someone you have built in accountability. You're expected to be in the office at a certain time performing specific tasks. Your supervisor is looking over your shoulder, evaluating you, and being sure you are doing exactly what you are supposed to do. You'll meet the deadline because, if you don't, your job may be in jeopardy. Your boss or supervisor is your external motivator.

When you have your own business, you are accountable to yourself. You have to motivate yourself. How does that work for you? Do you only perform when someone is keeping an eye on you? Have you done the tasks needed for your job without having to be reminded? If you haven't been able to accomplish what was needed when someone else held you accountable, how are you going to do what you need to do if no one is supervising you?

The Question of the Boss Providing Supervision

What qualities did your best supervisor have? Mine gave me a definite plan of action. I knew what was expected of me. I knew I was part of a team and how the pieces all fit in together. My best supervisor had all the tools available I would need and training material available if necessary.

If you're going to be your own boss, you must realize the necessity of organization and development. If you don't have a clear vision of where you're going, you just aren't going to get there. Nothing is more frustrating than a supervisor or boss who is supposed to provide you that direction.

When you're an employee, you're usually focused on a specific task. You don't have to keep in mind the overall plan of action or how your job will evolve in the future. When you're the boss, you have to know how the now will impact the future. You have to have vision, insight and skill.

When you're both the boss and the employee you need the knowledge and skills of both positions. If you don't, you're either going to be frustrated with your boss or your employee, and neither is productive.

What are your strengths and what are your weaknesses? Use your strengths to build up your weaknesses. You can be both the boss and the employee if you find the support you need to teach you how to do it.

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