(Closed) What makes a good boss ?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 16
213 posts
Helper bee

I’m glad you started this thread! 

A good manager/leader from my experience:

– Is approachable but not so approachable that they are not respected. 

– Consistent in their emotions/management style. There is nothing worse than not knowing where you stand from one day to the next. 

– Makes eye contact when they talk to you. I feel like this is an easy way to spot a narcissist. I’ve had managers who would only talk to me ‘on the run’ or say something to me as they were leaving the room and not give me the chance to respond. 

– Regularly checks in with you every couple of months to have a conversation about where you are at, and if you are not happy or things aren’t going well, then helps you develop strategies to get there. At the very least this makes you feel valued as an employee and as an individual. 

– Doesn’t consistently leave early or promote ‘work/life balance’ and then doesn’t afford that luxury to employees. 

– Provides both negative and positive feedback in a constructive way without a blaming attitude.

– Is never passive aggressive, but solution focused. 

– Is consistently positive even when times get hard. I get this is tough. But a negative boss is not motivating for other employees. 


Post # 17
1627 posts
Bumble bee

I believe a good boss should be fair, unbiased, treats everyone equally, respectful, a good leader, is compassionate, encourages employees’ goals and dreams and acknowledges hard work and success, leads by example, and is intelligent.  I don’t care if my boss has a PhD or not, but they should be smart and hard-working and know how to be a good manager/boss.

Post # 18
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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jessicabear :  I am one too! I like to believe that I’m a good boss,which I think you need a lot of confidence when you’re in charge but not in a cocky way. I try to be friendly to all of my employees and get to know them,but I know when to put my foot down and get serious with them. I don’t play favoritism at all which my boss had noticed how easy I am for everyone to work with. I believe a boss should care because hey the employees are people too, stuff happens and sometimes you need to help your employee a little more.

I think humanizing yourself helps too. Some people look at the bosses as these perfect robots who can do anything and are cold hearted. I upsets me when people say all bosses don’t care. 

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