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ANATOMY OF A GREAT BOSS

I bet you can list the things you like best – and least – about each of your bosses.

Bosses are powerful influences in our careers, for better or worse.


I thought about all of my bosses in my last 20 years, and about what I did or didn’t appreciate about each. Out of 14, three stood out as absolutely great bosses.

What was so special about my three great bosses?


1. THEY WERE SAFE

-I trusted them, and I knew I could share honest feedback with them, including openly talk about my mistakes.

-Their demeanor was predictably calm, solution oriented, and logical.

-They openly admitted their shortcomings.


2. THEY HELD ME TO HIGH STANDARDS

-Working for them meant stretching, learning, and evolving: status quo was not OK.

-Expectations were clear.

-There were consequences for not achieving results.


3. THEY ENCOURAGED ME

-Each understood there was more than one way to succeed, and they supported different paths to success.

-They were my biggest cheerleaders, in private discussion and public forums.

-They offered opportunities for greater exposure, allowed appropriate autonomy, and supported personal development.


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