The Boss Everyone Wants

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

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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?


About cedricj

I am a licensed psychologist and management consultant and have always been intrigued by how leaders can inspire people in their organizations. The bottom line is that people are not always motivated by material rewards, the use of the carrot or the stick, fear and intimidation,and command and control, Five human needs inspire and drive us. Kristine S MacKain, Ph.D and myself describe these inspirational forces in our book "What Inspirational Leaders Do" (Kindle 2008)
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