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7 Qualities of a Good Boss

Given are some characteristics of a Boss or Manager whom I feel employees will r
espect and be loyal to.
1. Leadership Qualities: A good boss would be a good leader. He gives clear inst
ructions and is firm on his decisions. He is good at delegating work and getting
it done. He manages employees in such a way that their talents and skills are u
tilized to bring in maximum productivity in work. As a leader a good boss leads
by example by coming to work on time, doing the job well and not letting his per
sonal problems affect his performance at work.
2. Positive Attitude: A good Boss has a positive frame of mind. He develops posi
tive qualities and confidence in his subordinates and motivates them to put in t
heir best efforts at work. He ensures that his employees get rewards, recognitio
n, favorable workers compensation and incentives for their good work. He judges
his subordinates based on their performance and ability to work in a team. He al
ways gives credit where it is due. As a good boss he knows that praises should b
e done in public while criticisms should always be kept private.
3. Values Time: A good Boss understands that time is money . He values his time as
well as his subordinate s time and do not waste time on useless meetings or privat
e talks. Though he delegates authority or tasks to a subordinate and ensures tha
t it is done properly he does not call a subordinate to his cabin for a review a
nd then keep him waiting indefinitely while he is busy attending phone calls. He
takes his responsibilities seriously and works wholeheartedly. He helps and ass
ists his employees when deadlines arise.
4. Tolerance: A good boss displays a fair degree of humane qualities. He is task
oriented but not heartless. He understands and give some considerations to the
needs of his subordinates in terms of family, illness etc. He realizes that when
emergencies come up in personal lives sometimes it is more important than the j
ob. He would not force his employees to work on holidays or Sundays because he u
nderstands the need of rest and rejuvenation. He also ensures a safe working env
ironment for his employees enabling them to work without disturbance or fear. He
also makes sure that their employees have the resources on hand to get their jo
bs done. He also lets employees know that they are appreciated and not just at t
he times of their yearly reviews. He is genuinely concerned with the welfare of
his employees and provides them with recognition, raise in salary or other rewar
ds to motivate them when a job is done well.
5. Knowledge on the Subject Matter: A good boss must have some proven skills, ex
pertise or knowledge on the subject without which he would not be able to help a
subordinate who approaches with a problem. When the subordinate needs help in s
ome area beyond his reach the boss should be able to offer help. When the subord
inate lacks knowledge the boss also assists him by educating him. A good Boss pr
ovides employees with continuous education to upgrade and improve their skills r
elevant to work. A good Manager is knowledgeable in his area of responsibility a
nd displays professionalism, honesty and commitment in his job.
6. Communication with Employees: A good Boss is good at communication. He not on
ly lets the employees know about his expectations and instructions for work but
also listens to the employee s ideas or what they have to say on the subject. An i
deal boss defines the work to be done, specifies the boundaries of freedom to ac
t, indicates the areas where the subordinates should consult him, explain the go
als and targets to be met and offers his help and support in attaining the goals
. He is also a mentor of his employees and helps them grow and develop to be the
best that they can be. A good boss knows what is going around and would not be
caught unawares of issues and even accomplishments in their department. He also
takes criticisms constructively and uses it to improve his weaknesses.
7. Taking Responsibility: A good boss take full responsibility of his employees.
A good boss when confronted with a problem in his department will not point fin
gers at others. He takes the blame himself and the whole department. Problems co
uld also show issues within the department which the manager should be taking re
sponsibility for. Since employees are his responsibility he also ensures the sta
ndards of the employees to work for his company. In addition to the standard pro
cess of resume analysis and interviews, qualification and work experience checks
, he also ensures that a criminal background check is done on the prospective em
ployee.