Good Boss, Bad Boss: The List
September 21, 2006
- Is focused on being effective.
- Knows what I do, what I like to do, what my goals are.
- Lets me own my job.
- Praises me when I take initiative.
- Encourages me to take on projects that advance our goals at work and that also advance my career goals and are in my areas of interest.
- Knows what’s going on overall at work and has a vision.
- Is very smart. I learn a lot from him.
- Is willing and eager to learn from me.
- Keeps our group informed about what is going in our wider organization and gives us the big picture about how we fit in.
- Treats us like we are strategic partners and listens to our ideas, and lets us run with the ones that we have made a good case for.
- Believes that people are capable, and interested in achieving their own goals.
- Knows how to help people achieve their goals while achieving organizational goals.
- The way he treats us is motivating.
- If I had my own company, I would hire him.
- Is focused on feeling important.
- Doesn’t know what I do, or care what I want.
- Tries to own the people beneath him and their job.
- Micro-manges to the point of absurdity.
- Gets angry if people do something without asking him first.
- Yet is not helpful and does not know what is going on.
- Is not willing to learn from employees, sometimes not allowing them to talk.
- If I had my own company, I would fire him.
- Believes that people are bad and that if you don’t keep a tight reign on them, they will try to get away with stuff.
- When he talks to me, I want to quit.
- If owned the company, I would fire him.
This post references this post about bosses.
(Note: I went with all male pronouns for convenience.)