When everybody else in the room is saying "yes" too readily, it's up to the boss to be the voice of negativity, writes Art Petty. "Saying 'No' is the last line of defense against group-think," he warns.
Good bosses say "thank you" to their workers often and with real sincerity, writes Art Petty. Expressing gratitude for a job well done is a quick way to motivate your team and show them that you're aware of their hard work, Petty explains. "Saying 'thank you' is one of the simplest forms of showing respect and one of the most powerful forms of letting your team members know that you are watching and that you genuinely care," he writes.
All bosses suffer from occasional failures of nerve or crises of confidence, writes Art Petty. The key is to remember that leadership is a perpetual learning process, and that good bosses don't peak until just before they retire. "It takes a lifetime to master this role ... [I]f you're not failing fairly regularly in your dealings with others, you're not trying hard enough," Petty writes.
Bosses should pointedly refuse to attend boozy gatherings with their workers, writes Art Petty. Getting tipsy in front of your team undermines your authority, so it's best to do all your bonding while sober. "You're not one of the gang anymore," Petty warns. "There's no going back."
An insatiable appetite for power can be a boss' biggest asset, writes Art Petty. Gaining power is essential if you want to get things done, support and extend your brand, or multiply your activities' impact across your entire organization, Petty notes. "It's easy to talk about how you wish things would work. Those with power and influence are able to define how things truly work," he explains.
Once business leaders have formed initial impressions, they often put insufficient energy into observation, writes Art Petty. Twelve questions managers should ask themselves as "leadership anthropologists" include "How do people deal with their bosses?" and "What activities suck the life out of people?"