In most cases, people don’t need (or want) their boss to be their bestie; they want a manager who supports their success and helps them reach their career goals. The coolest boss is someone who respects their employees, gives honest and useful feedback, and treats everyone as equals. …

1. Establish Boundaries From Day One

… while a friendship between co-workers at the same level can improve employee engagement, the same relationship between employee and manager can have not-so-good consequences. That’s why leaders have to set boundaries with their teams right off the bat. …

2. Don’t Play Favorites

… If you get too casual with certain team members, it can create the appearance of favoritism. Whether it’s your intention or not, people will assume their colleagues are getting special treatment. … Your job is to be an objective leader who keeps everyone rowing together. When you treat everyone equally, you establish yourself as a source of support for any conflicts that arise.

3. Support Your Employees to Set and Meet Their Goals

A levelheaded boss who gives people trust and autonomy? That’s cool. A boss who gives people so much freedom that they don’t know what’s expected of them? Not cool at all. … managers who help their employees set and achieve their goals have more engaged, productive and creative teams. …

4. What’s Cooler Than Being Cool? Being A Boss People Can Respect

… There’s a misconception that your people will think you’re a jerk if you don’t cut them enough slack — but in reality, being a pushover damages employee loyalty and your bottom line. … A strong leader knows when it’s okay to be lax — and more importantly, when to lay down the law. If you can find the balance, your people with thank you in the long run.”