Employers have more effect on your emotions than you think.
They can make or break your day to day lives.
If they are a bad boss, they can make you unhappy every single day. You’ll hate getting out of bed every morning.
But on the other hand, if you have a good boss, your days are much more tolerable and you’re actually a happier person (even if you hate your job).
Many studies have shown that most people quit their jobs due to a bad boss.
So if you have a bad job but a good boss, you’re more likely so stay in the job because it’s more tolerable.
Here’s 10 qualities that make a good boss.
1. They Respect You
Respect is HUGE in the workplace.
Your boss needs to respect you and your character.
They should listen to what you have to say, even if you’re new to the company.
You are human and you deserved to be heard and respected.
If your boss respects you, you feel a lot more important, there is less stress for everyone, there’s less arguments because they actually listen to you and they always want the best for you.
A boss that doesn’t respect you will only bring you down all the time even when you continue proving to them that you can do great things.
2. They Uplift You
Good bosses will lift your spirits by making you feel good about yourself and the work you’re doing.
If you’re training in a new position, they will constantly tell you you are doing great and will actually BELIEVE in you and your abilities.
Believe me, there are bosses that will constantly belittle you even when you’re doing a great job.
For some reason they don’t want to accept the fact that you are learning fast and doing good. They would rather stay in denial and keep bringing you down.
This can stress you out and make you feel worthless and unrecognized, causing you to quit your job while angry, without a back up plan.
3. They Can Handle Their Emotions
This is a biiiiig quality in a great boss.
I’ve had a boss that will get angry over every little thing and no matter what, it is your fault.
Even when it’s not your fault, they will blame you for everything.
This is because they can’t handle their emotions and would rather lash out at other people.
Well a good boss can handle their emotions and solve problems without lashing out.
We’re all human and we all get mad sometimes, but the difference is that a good boss will hold himself together as much as possible.
And if they do lose their temper, they don’t instantly blame you, they listen to everyone and get every side of the story.
4. They Are Understanding
When sh*t goes down in the workplace and you have a bad boss, all hell breaks loose.
The boss starts yelling at everyone and they don’t even care what you have to say.
You could explain yourself and tell them why you did something a certain way or why something happened, and 99% of the time, they will tell you you are wrong.
They don’t understand what or why you did things, because if it’s not their way, you are in trouble.
Well a good boss will listen to you without raising his voice.
They will gladly listen to your side of the story before coming to conclusions.
5. They Like To Have Fun
A fun boss is a great boss.
You can have back and forth banter without being scared of upsetting them or getting in trouble.
Oftentimes you can finish early if there’s not much to do and get paid for the rest of the day.
And if your boss likes to have a beer every now and then, this is even better! An early finish often means a couple beers at the local pub.
It’s just an all round fun environment to be in and makes the day more enjoyable.
6. They Lead By Example
Bosses are there to show you what needs to be done and what is required.
However, if they would rather tell you and not show you, it’s more difficult to trust them, respect them and build a bond.
They should be showing you what is required of you simply by leading you.
When they can do the job and make it look easy even when the pressure is on, that is a good boss because he’s showing you that it’s possible even when you’re doubting yourself.
They will always be on time, they will ask if you’re okay, they will be a team player and help you whenever you need it.
7. They Explain “Why”
Good bosses will explain why you’re doing things a certain way.
I’ve been in a job where I was told to do this, by doing that.
I mean, that’s cool and all but I didn’t know WHY I was doing it this specific way.
If I was told why, I would be able to understand the process more and do a better job.
I would’ve been able to maximize my performance.
When you’re told to do something but don’t know why, you’re only going through the motion and you won’t do an effective job.
8. They Listen To You
This comes back to that being respected thing again.
When it comes to team meetings, are you being heard?
Does your opinion matter?
Are you just a whisper in the wind?
Often times with a bad boss, they will listen to you but then quickly bring you down.
Bad bosses don’t actually care about your opinion but because you’re apart of the team, he has to pretend he cares.
They won’t actually listen to hear your opinion and understand you.
A good boss will listen to understand because your opinion matters and they know it.
Even if you’re not in a high position, you are an employee and you deserve to be heard.
9. They Recognize Your Talent
75% of employees quit their boss, not their job.
This is because most people want to be recognized for their skills and talents.
When you’re told you aren’t doing much for the company, you’re a hindrance or that you don’t really care about the company, it makes you feel worthless.
Yep, I’ve been told these things before. I’ve had some HORRIBLE bosses I tell ya!
A good boss will recognize the value you bring to the table and tell you.
They know you’re doing good and will continue to let you know, and this makes you feel good so you bring even more to the table.
It creates trust and a great bond, making you do your best every time, making the company more money and everyone happy.
Oftentimes they will even reward with a dinner, a bonus or even a free day off.
10. They Don’t Have Favorites
Of course every boss has their favorite employee but the good bosses won’t show obvious signs.
However, bad bosses will choose their favorite employee to do a specific task over everyone else, almost every time.
On the other hand, only the good bosses know each employees strengths and weaknesses, and will gladly choose the correct person for a specific position or role that they perform best in.
For example: instead of putting their favorite workers on the easiest jobs, they will put everyone where they are the strongest, to maximize production.
This allows the company to run smoothly and efficiently with minimal downtime, breakdowns and materials used.
Most bosses are made not born.
Some people are natural leaders and have no problem being a boss.
But the rest have to learn to be a leader, and this is during the time of employment, as overtime they become the best in the company.
This allows them to transition from a normal employee to employer much easier.
Where they learn to be a bad boss along the way, I do not know.
But what I do know is that life is too short to work for a boss that doesn’t value you.
There are plenty more good bosses who will respect you and value your opinion.
Those are the bosses you should be striving to work for, otherwise be your own boss and you don’t have to deal with the whole 9-5 rat race altogether.
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Well that concludes this article.
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