You’re in your mid-career stage. You’ve worked hard, gained a lot of professional experience under your belt, and diligently attended many courses to expand your skills. You’re good at what you do and comfortable in your current role.
Now you’re asking yourself: Is it time for me to start something on my own? Should I become a boss?
So, is it time for you to step up?
There’s no specific timeline to becoming your own boss. The right time is when you’re ready. Becoming a boss is a whole different league than being an employee. One key difference? You’re responsible for everything now.
Sure, doing your job well might mean that you’ve achieved a high mastery of your profession and maybe a sign that you’re ready to take on more.
But does it necessarily mean that you’re ready to employ, rather than be employed?
Ask any employer you know if being the person in charge is an easy task and, often, the answer will be no.
However, you’d already know that things aren’t going to be easy, but nothing ventured nothing gained right?
But here’s the problem: How do you know you’re ready for boss mode if you haven’t done it before?
Signs you’re ready to become a boss
How you manage a company will vary depending on the industry, but here are some signs that may indicate that you’re ready to step up:
1. You always put your team first
As a boss, you’ll be responsible for the employees that work for you. A good leader always understands the challenges that his or her employees face.
When an effective leader sees a problem, he or she would lead the way to make things work in the best way possible.
2. You walk the talk
Actions speak louder than words. If you’ve always been a disciplined employee, then you should be even more so as a boss. Even if you’re the owner of the company, you need to abide by the same company rules and regulations that you set for your employees.
For example, if the company’s dress code is office attire, having you turn up at work in shorts and a t-shirt isn’t going to reflect well on you as a leader. Your employees may equate your cavalier dress sense as not being serious in your role as a boss.
3. You are impartial and neutral
If you’re the sort who has never taken sides and avoids favouring one clique over another as an employee, maybe you have the makings of a fair employer. As a boss, you must be impartial to any conflict situations between your employees.
No matter if it’s friction between a senior and junior employee, a good leader would listen to both sides of the story before finding the best possible way to resolve it. Knowing that you’re a fair boss may give your employees more confidence to perform better at their jobs.
4. People trust and respect you
As the saying goes: respect is earned and not given.
As a boss, it is important that your employees respect you for your positive traits and not just because you’re paying their wages.
One good example that shows your employees highly respect and trust you is when they feel comfortable talking to you about any work issues or personal matters that are affecting them at work.
This means that they value how you perceive them at work and do not want to disappoint you with a bad performance.
5. Less blaming, more problem-solving
Sometimes things may go wrong at work. When such a situation happens, you’re always quick to respond and rectify the problem. If you’re a problem-solving employee, chances are you’d make a good solutions-driven employer.
The responsible boss would always focus on finding solutions rather than putting the blame on employees. This would reflect your integrity as a leader of the company with your willingness to face challenges together with your employees.
OK to be ambitious, but do your research
In your career journey, it’s good to think big, but even more important to be ready for what lies ahead. If you’re not happy at work, even after you’ve taken steps to improve the situation, perhaps it’s time to look for other opportunities. If you need professional advice, speak to a WSG career officer!
Here is a list of relevant articles that we’ve compiled that will help you gain more insights on making the transition to becoming not just a boss, but a great employer. Good luck in your career journey!