How a leader should act has been a question of debate for ages. Is it better to be a nice guy and try to make everyone work or is it more effective to be a hard taskmaster? Traditionally the second option has been somewhat more popular. But nowadays, a lot is talked about the well being and mental health of an employee and the negative effects of putting too much work pressure on someone. As a result, the debate between hard boss and nice boss is becoming topical again in the professional world.
When seen from the perspective of the management, being a little tough seems much safer. Employees tend to listen to you and finish their tasks. Also they show respect; maintain a little distance; never forget who is in charge. With a tough boss, employees are often on their toes and ready to indulge in a competition of one-upmanship to impress upper management. Managers or higher executive often believe that if they are ‘soft’ on employees, they will not perform well and become lazy in the office. But modern research and surveys have revealed that while some people perform well under pressure, it is not a general phenomenon. Too much pressure will increase stress and can lead to increased health care expenditure, lower work quality and even coronary diseases.
Recent studies and data carried out by experts show that one can be ‘nice’ and still get success, if right strategies are implemented. A boss can be firm without being rude or harsh and often good behavior, brings out the best in subordinates. Studies show that if leaders are fair to team members, show right amount of appreciation and motivation, it will result in the team becoming more productive both individually and collectively. Your employees should respect you, not fear you. Make them feel secure not insecure. The only thing that you as boss should not allow is an employee taking advantage of your generosity. If they go about it in the right way, nice guys can actually finish first.