People don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses. I think there is a lot of truth to this statement. Your relationship with your direct boss is the number one factor in your overall job satisfaction and productivity. I have been lucky to have some great bosses and have learned a lot from them. So what differentiates a great boss from the rest?
- A great boss has an optimistic outlook and inspires you to believe that you can accomplish anything.
- They focus on your strengths and complement your weaknesses. They are willing to take a chance on you.
- They give you credit for accomplishments and take blame for mistakes.
- They care about your well-being as an individual, not just an employee.
- They get out of the office and talk to you – and not only when they need something.
- They have a vision and passion for what they do that is contagious.
- They are not afraid to hire people who are smarter and more accomplished than them. As one of my ex-bosses once said, 9s hire 10s while 7s hire 6s.
Do you agree with this list? What other qualities would you add?