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Episode Info:   Hi everyone – thanks for listening today. Hope you’re having a fantastic day. We’re now into episode 9 of our launch thanks so much for listening. In today’s episode I want to talk about something that I speak to people about a lot. Not only do I get asked a question around it, but I also ask people to think about it – and the question that I ask is…”what type of boss do you want to be?” Now the reason that I ask this question is that it’s a choice that can be made. You can choose what type of boss you want to be. You don’t have to be a clone of your boss, or your bosses boss, or even the people that you’ve worked for in the past – although you will find that you pick up traits from them, but we’ll come back to that later. But the kind of boss that suits you, your personality, and your team. Because here’s the thing – you don’t have to be a newbie to think about the type of boss that you want to be. Anyone can do it. At any stage in their career. Even if you find yourself thinking I’ve been doing this for ages – you can still tweak, change and develop. You might also find yourself asking the question ‘well, what type of boss am I now?” If you’re thinking that you’ve got a couple of options….The first being ask for some feedback from your team and the second completing a profiling questionnaire to see what it says. However, for this episode we’re not going to be covering that – instead I want you to be thinking about not what kind of boss you are now, but ideally what type of boss you want to be. Let me explain why this is an interesting exercise to do. Well, often when we start to lead others we find ourselves inadvertently cloning someone else, whether that’s someone we worked with or for in the past, or someone we know of or read about. We might also follow suit with what the culture is in the organisation we’re working for. Now, although this is no bad thing really, after all you’ve got to start somewhere, if we’re not careful we can end up working against our own values, or not being authentic to our own personalities. Do this for a while and you’ll not only start to feel it – as you might feel like it doesn’t quite fit you because it’s not aligned with your true self – but your team will start to sense it as you’ll become a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde type character behaving completely differently in work and out – and your team will star
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