Why is a cow is called "Bossy"? 'Bossy is a general name for a cow, just as Dobbin refers to a horse and Tabby to a cat. The Latin word for ox or cow is “bos”, and it is probable that the first person to call a cow Bossy was equipped with both a knowledge of Latin and a sense of humor. Some authorities, however, suppose the term to be related in origin to the dialectic English word boss calf, a young calf. In the Teutonic languages there is a root word variously spelled ‘bos, boose and buss,’ which means barn, stall or crib. The thought is originally a boss calf was a calf kept in a barn or stall as distinguished from one grazing at large and that bossy as applied to a cow is derived from the same source.' - From "A Book About A Thousand Things" by George Stimpson.
This is exactly why I don’t want to be called a boss! So you just got promoted and you are now the boss. This can seem a bit overwhelming unless you realize that you have a huge responsibility to be a mentor, a guide, and a ‘LEADER.’ I know a lot of bosses who are not true leaders. So here are my tips to becoming a true leader.
- Know the definition of leadership. Be an example to your team
- Be approachable as a part of the team
- Role play with the team all the time – don’t tell – show!
- Shut your mouth once in a while and listen – to the good, the bad and the ugly
- Don’t overwork yourself but be available always to assist
- Don’t complain about how much you work
- Give and receive feedback – focus on the positive and reinforce the behavior you want to see more of
- Take a page out of my book – the last Friday of the month is the ‘team lunch’ whether we are in town or not – we pay for the team to go to a restaurant and celebrate the month! Teambuilding made easy!
- Inspect what you expect! Set expectations and hold people accountable to the expectations and goals
- Always share where the company is going. What is new, what is changing and how it effects them