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What Makes Great Bosses and Great Employees Tick

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us have a boss that we will never forget. Assessing what made that boss so great may reveal common characteristics that most great bosses share.

Actually, I think if you look further, those characteristics may be equally applicable to great employees. See if you agree.

Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that services many Fortune500 companies, recently talked about the habits of exceptional leaders, spotlighting their characteristics.

Bradberry said, “Great leaders learn what makes people tick, recognize their needs in the moment, and adapt their leadership style accordingly.”

People Perception – Great leaders can see their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as they see the ones of their employees. That helps them utilize their best skills to bring out the best in their employees.

The Real Deal – Great bosses are honest. Employees realize they can trust them, and often work harder in response. Everything fits with a good boss. What is said, and what is done, always matches. Employees never have to spend time wondering what’s happening.

Masters of Motivation – Most of the great bosses I have known have a way of inspiring everyone. They see the big picture, and help everyone else see it too. I have seen people come into a meeting with skepticism, and leave committed, thanks to some very convincing persuasion.

Open Doors – The best bosses usually have an open door approach that encourages employees to get involved, ask questions, and never be afraid to speak up. When employees are comfortable, they often find it easier to bring more of their talents to the job.

Rock Solid - Great leaders back up their employees and accept whatever happens, good or bad. Employees work better when they know their bosses support them. Instead of living in fear of mistakes, they can push ahead with a complete focus on the job.

Contagious View – A really good boss can inspire employees with an unmistakable passion for the job. Look for the most successful groups, and you will invariably find bosses who are totally committed.

Down to Earth – Great leaders usually know the job from top-to-bottom. They never hesitate to jump in and work alongside the employees when it is needed.

Visionary – Great bosses point the way and make it clear why it is so important to get there. Employees like to feel their job really counts.

Looking over this list, I think these characteristics do fit great employees, too. People who are rock solid, down to earth, passionate, and perceptive make great employees as well.

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