The 5 Qualities of Remarkable Bosses

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Posted March 13, 2012 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

Bosses. Unfortunately for some, they can’t be avoided. As much as we’d all like to start out at the C-level, we’ll spend most of our careers dealing with direct bosses, and even if we do reach the C-suite, we’ll have stakeholders and Board members to answer to. Bosses are a way of life. And if you’re lucky, you have a boss who makes your job easier and not harder. But odds are you, like me, have had your fair share of “bad bosses” – people who took credit for your work, threw you under the bus, or practiced their work with questionable ethics. These archetypes of supervisors aren’t just mythical corporate creatures. They’re alive and well and probably living in your office.

How bad bosses become bad bosses, we’ll probably never know. Maybe they had their own bad boss and simply took after their learned behavior. Or perhaps they’re just miserable trolls who enjoy degrading others, especially their employees. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to quantify.

What Jeff Haden has done for Inc., though, is to list the common traits of the opposite – good bosses. Haden lists “The 5 Qualities of Remarkable Bosses” in his March 5, 2012 article for Inc. and I have to agree with all of his points. Those bosses, the ones who make your job enjoyable, those you want to please and truly like working for, they have similar traits in common. My favorite in his list is, always remember where you came from. In other words, don’t let the power go to your head. If only all supervisors could abide by these rules, the office world would be a happier place.


About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.

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