Students sometimes choose a university because of a particular professor. Employees stay in a job because of a boss.
Recently a heavily recruited IT professional told his boss that he chose to stay in his current company because that boss cared for him as a person as well as his career path. That’s the boss we all want.
Here are some other characteristics of the ideal people leader. He/she
- Sets the performance bar high for all in the organization. Working on the premise that most everyone wants to do a good job, the great leader has high expectations from his/her workforce.
- Sees the potential in every report. A leader who sees capabilities within us that we barely see in ourselves has a way of bringing out the best in us.
- Provides the encouragement and resources for all employees to grow professionally. An “I trust that you can do it” attitude is the modus operandi of an empowering leader.
- Spends regular 1:1 time with direct reports working on their career path. The fact that this boss takes regular time to be with us on what we want for our professional lives leaves a deep and lasting positive impression.
- Gives accurate feedback on how each person is doing in his/her assignments. In turn these bosses thrive on accurate feedback from people in their network.
- Has a deep personal concern for everyone in the work environment. I know a CEO who knows the names of the people who serve him in the cafeteria plus details about their families.
- Inspires people by finding inspirational sources within them. Rather than push us towards goals the great boss pulls us in the direction of our work-related passions.
These are the seven habits of highly effective bosses.
What other characteristics of the empowering boss have you experienced?
As a boss, how are you doing in terms of the above best people management practices?