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Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Blessings of Good Bosses

Good bosses are hard to come across. Most of us have a boss or two we can remember as leaving a positive influence on our career. They seem to have some unique traits that make them different than many other bosses. The differences relate to their personalities more than their performance skills. This is one reason why good workers don't always make good bosses.

When someone takes on the roll of "boss" they assume responsibility over a larger arena of work and the ability to manage people in a way that helps them get there. This means they need to understand and listen to the needs of their employees. Their ability to lead is directly related to their personality.

Some bosses just create confidence in others. You can talk to them in a real way and you can communicate important information. They give you solid feedback and you can trust that it is accurate. Trusting the words and works of your boss can go a long way creating alignment around core department needs.

Strong bosses have goals but are not "agenda" bosses. This means that their agenda doesn't consume them to the point that nothing else matters. Their goals are worthwhile and shared. When people don't trust the boss's motives as they are driven by the perpetual need to accomplish ever more tasks to make themselves selves look good the motivation dies off.

Bad bosses seem to have turn over issues while good bosses attract devoted employees. They focus on developing solid relationships around core values that people agree with. Poor bosses are argumentative and driven to the point of cause havoc on their teams. Few people can work with a bad boss forever.

If you have a good boss then count your blessings. They will help you reach new heights and will help you develop instead of just taking care of themselves. As you come into work everyday you will begin to realize that you enjoy your surroundings and have positive feelings toward your work.  Having employment that you like and feel good about is the best case scenario.


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