Are You a Good or a Lousy Boss?


Dear Preston:

I just hired 3 new people to assist me with flowers and designs.  This is my first time been a boss.  I know you have been in business for 36 years, could you share with me what do you think makes a good boss?

Dear Bossy:
I received this amazing list from Brenda de la Casa,  a social media goddess.   I thought this list is  a perfect reminder, in how to be a good boss.
Hope this helps.
  1. 1. You get genuine pleasure from helping others do their best work; you measure your own success by theirs.
  2. 2. You don’t treat everyone the same. You know your people well enough to manage them as individuals.
  3. 3. You understand that your title gives you power, but intelligence and integrity give you influence, which is invaluable.
  4. 4. Your feedback is specific, sincere and constructive. People know where they stand with you.
  5. 5. More than a few people on your team have saved notes of praise you’ve sent them. Your words carry that much impact.
  6. 6. Your constructive response to mistakes and problems leads people to feel they can safely bring you bad news, when necessary.
  7. 7. You communicate your plans and goals clearly, and people understand their roles and responsibilities as members of your team.
  8. 8. You hire people smarter than you are and aren’t intimidated by their knowledge. You can look out your office door and see your replacement.
  9. 9. Your staff members feel ownership of ideas and initiatives, even those you originate, because you share power and control.
  10. 10. You know the occasions when only a top-down decision will do: times of crisis, high risk or high conflict. And your staff appreciates it.
  11. 11. You’re a continuous learner, always looking to improve your skills and knowledge.
  12. 12. Your employees know what you stand for and are proud to stand with you.d

Been a good boss is always a work in progress,  I for one can relate to all of the above points.


Dear reader:
Let me know what points describe your boss?