Picture of a Great Boss

For your review and comment, as clear a picture as I can concoct of a great boss:

A great boss has a long-term, sky-high vision – and, grounding herself firmly, takes one step at a time.

A great boss is organized, verging on anal. A great boss is flexible, verging on double-jointed.

A great boss is self-reliant and decisive — and a team-player, open to changing her mind.

A great boss thinks in straight lines – logically, analytically, deductively. A great boss thinks out of the box.

A great boss cares deeply about his team — and is not always their chum.

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A great boss supports and understands you, with an arm around your shoulder. A great boss challenges you, with your potential in your face.

A great boss trusts; a great boss verifies.

A great boss has a strong work ethic – a role model for her team. A great boss is work-life balanced – a role model for her team.

A great boss sets clear expectations — and leaves room for creativity and flexibility.

A great boss sets high expectations. And helps the team move forward anyway when they’re not met …

So a great boss does failure with grace. But a great boss most often succeeds.

A great boss is grounded in his own perspective. A great boss opens to the perspectives of others. A great boss embraces the largest possible perspective – always.

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No one style of leading defines a great boss. And a great boss respects all work styles, knowing how best to employ them.

And so a great boss is a constant paradox … and is constantly consistent. In these ways, the great boss leads organizations to greatness.

For your review and comment, as clear a picture as I can concoct of a great boss.

A great boss has a long-term vision – and grounding herself firmly, takes one step at a time.

A great boss is organized, verging on anal. A great boss is flexible, verging on double-jointed.

A great boss is self-reliant and decisive — and a team-player, open to changing her mind.

A great boss thinks in straight lines – logically, analytically, deductively. A great boss thinks out of the box.

A great boss cares deeply about his team — and is not always their chum.

A great boss supports and understands you, with an arm around your shoulder. A great boss challenges you, with your potential in your face.

A great boss trusts; a great boss verifies.

A great boss has a strong work ethic – a role model for her team. A great boss is work-life balanced – a role model for her team.

A great boss sets clear expectations — and leaves room for creativity and flexibility.

A great boss sets high expectations. And helps the team move forward anyway when they’re not met …

So a great boss does failure with grace. But a great boss most often succeeds.

A great boss is grounded in his own perspective. A great boss opens to the perspectives of others. A great boss embraces the largest possible perspective – always.

No one style of leading defines a great boss. And a great boss respects all work styles, knowing how best to employ them.

And so a great boss is a constant paradox … and is constantly consistent. In these ways, the great boss leads organizations to greatness.

About the Author

Steve Motenko
Steve Motenko is an executive coach, leadership trainer, and co-host of The Boss Show, a weekly podcast on workplace dynamics. Steve and his Boss Show co-host, Jim Hessler, are co-authors of Land On Your Feet, Not On Your Face: A Guide to Building Your Leadership Platform. Steve lives on Whidbey Island, Washington, with his wife and dog, whom he loves, and a cat he tolerates usually pretty well.

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