You know what the stereotypical bad boss is like: arrogant, nosy, dishonest, and may or may not have a bad case of B.O. Fortunately, I would guess that to find one individual with all of these despised traits does not happen often. The question, then, is what does the stereotypical good boss look like?
A good boss gives credit where credit is due. He/she recognizes and rewards good work. People often get credit based on their power, not their actual contributions. A boss’s job is to change that–not just in private meetings or conversations but in public.
A good boss is trusting. He/she allows others the freedom to be creative. A good boss is able to understand that loyalty is a two-way street and follows through with that in mind.
A good boss is open, honest and an active listener. He/she listens well enough that he/she sees the problem before it turns into a crisis. But if it turns into a crisis, the good boss does not hide. He/she knows how to manage tension, especially in tough times.
A good boss has integrity and shows passion and compassion. He/she is respected and worth listening to. They have proven that they are honest and meet commitments.
A good boss encourages everyone to be the best at what they choose to do and gives feedback. A good boss is clear on what his/her strengths are and what complementary strengths he/she needs from others. He/she understands others and is striving to learn how to best utilize their strengths. He/she does not expect people to change, but helps them to grow and develop.
A good boss has strength. I am not speaking of physical strength, but the moral and intellectual strength to do what is right.
A good boss helps others find a way to win, and enjoys that as much, or more, than his/her personal accomplishments.
A good boss sets examples for others by his/her own behavior and is not defined by his/her status.
A good boss operates with an absence of arrogance and a presence of humility.
Utilizing good management skills are vital for any group or organization. Recognizing what skills make good leadership and making a constant effort to develop those skills are an effective way to succeed.