l Why the Boss of the Year® Leadership Award was founded
It’s common knowledge that leadership determines winning nations and winning businesses, and that it stimulates growth and prosperity for all.
The Award has in fact pioneered leadership awareness and has sensitized the marketplace to good leadership practices, and has thus become an agent of best practice in leadership in South Africa.
From the outset the aim of the Award was to achieve 4 key objectives
1. Introduce the concept of leader beyond the spheres of politics and sport
2. Discover the criteria for what REALLY makes a good boss by asking the workers and not the theorists
3. Promote good leadership practices by identifying and rewarding those incumbents who exemplified and embodied the necessary attributes and skills
4. Fast track leadership consciousness among workplace leaders.
If on one level the Boss of the Year® Award is about leadership in the workplace, on another it is essentially about looking
for heroes; many of them unsung heroes and heroines found in organizations everywhere. By providing opportunities for them to become known and rewarded it is creating a new kind of hero and role model.
l Why the Boss of the Year® Award keeps the word "Boss" in it
The decision two decades ago to use this word was based on what is still valid today: It is the only word that has meaning for all levels of employees.
Both people at grassroots or in the upper eschelons of corporate, in conversation, refer to their superior as the “boss”.
Equally, it is the only is the only term which is a common denominator for those whose job title signifies a position of being in charge of an organisation, a team, a department or shopfloor.
The word boss as a noun simply means person who is a leader; takes the lead; holds a leading position.
Words carry emotions and not everybody sees the word boss as outdated or derogatory. Boss remains a respectful way of addressing a person to acknowledge that person's leadership or authority.
For those who argue that the word boss carries the wrong connotation, the same would apply to the following words:
· manager: a boxer has a "manager"; employees are not boxers
· supervisor: sounds autocratic, as a child needs an "adult supervisor"
· team-leader: sounds odd and he doesn't really "lead", sounds like the army
The argument becomes valid if:
(1) people today still think of it in Afrikaans terms as ‘bass’, referring to the apartheid period in history when people of colour were expected to use it to infer their inferior rank in life – which is no longer the case.
(2) boss is used as a verb, which is not the case in the Boss of the year Award, where it is a noun.