How to Hire Your Boss
By Tim Walker
We’re all rightfully concerned about hiring. Oceans of digital ink have been spilled over how to hire good employees. It’s also a pretty major component of what we do here at M Force, and we wouldn’t last very long as a staffing company if we we’re able to find quality employees for our clients.
But how often do we think about hiring bosses? These are the people who are leaders in a copy. A lot of the time they’re also the managers in charge of hiring new employees. There’s a cliché out there (with some truth to it) that people don’t leave companies, they leave bosses.
A 2013 survey of 20,000 employees revealed that the top reason for leaving a company (26%) was “Loss of Trust and Confidence in Senior Leaders.” This is especially interesting when you factor in the fact that another survey found that an overwhelming number of managers believe pay is the reason people leave their job while at the same time undervaluing the impact of bad management
Now, I think It’s only natural to want to deemphasize one’s own role in why employees leave a company. This certainly doesn’t mean every manager is bad or that bosses are the sole reason people leave their jobs. However, I think it can be helpful to think about how we hire bosses. Ron Carucci at Forbes magazine has a few tips for hiring your next boss.
- Know yourself and what you want in a boss: Understand your business and what kind of a leader a boss needs to be. What kind of leader will motivate you and your employees?
- Know how this opportunity advances and who you want to become: How will this new manager or boss help you in your career? Will he or she be a good mentor and someone you and your employees can learn from?
- Rehearse the relationship: Carucci cautions that when hiring a new boss, you shouldn’t be in “audition” mode. It’s important to understand how your potential boss really interacts with you and other employees.
- Ask real questions: Skip the usual interview questions and put the potential boss in some real life situations. Ask good questions!
- Be an anthropologist: Take it all in and try to look at the big picture. How do your employees react? How does everyone work together under pressure? How will the new boss react when things don’t go according to plan? It always a good idea to step back and look at things in a new light.
There are always a ton of factors involved when it comes to employees and sometimes things just don’t work out. However, having a great boss goes a long way in creating and maintaining a solid team!
What do you think?