The good, the bad, the ugly. Unless you own your own company, you are most likely reporting to one of these boss types. Even CEOs have owners to answer to.
Being a good boss is more difficult than becoming a boss. Anyone with dedication, drive and perseverance can become a supervisor, but very few and special people reach the “great leader” status.
Here are five common traits that all great bosses share:
1. Caring. You gotta feel bad for old school “I-got-my-management-degree-from-a-nazi” professionals. If they only knew how much efficiency and loyalty they are missing out on. Caring bosses customize their relationship to each employee based on the employee’s personality and personal needs. These supervisors will not report your sick days, but they know that when they need you, you will work that extra mile without hesitation. And they know that you are not doing so for the company you work for, but out of loyalty to them. I had a boss like that. Thank you, Alvaro.
2. Complex free. Great leaders are secure men and women who don’t have the need to be mean to you in order to feel that they are in command. They have a stable credibility about them. When they speak, you listen. As opposed to insecure leaders, these supervisors will respect you if you challenge their point of view as long as it is done with logic. I had a boss like that. Thank you Kevin.
3. Empowering. Empowering leaders take the time to figure your strengths out. They milk those strengths to death and make you look awesome. You make them look awesome by doing awesome because they allow you to reach your full potential, so everybody is happy at the end of the working day. I had a boss like that. Thank you Jorg.
4. Reverse psychologists. One of the best supervisors I ever had was gifted at reverse psychology. Whenever we encounter a budget cut or headcount problem he applied the: “This is your field of expertise, you are the expert, I know you will figure this out.”
If your boss has such faith in you, you better loose sleep and figure out a solution so you don’t let them down, right? Genius! I had a boss like that. Thanks again, Jorg.
5. Charisma. So what, he is a rockstar. It is hard to explain the concept of charisma. Bosses either have it or they don’t. They make you feel like everything is under control, they are funny, they are approachable and loyal to their teams. They make people relate, listen and believe in them personally more so than the company they work for. I had a boss like that. Thanks, Javier.