How many times have you heard the phrase, “People don’t leave their jobs, they leave their bosses.” or the phrase “I like my job, but I hate my boss.”?
According to, Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia, Employees don’t leave bad companies; They leave bad bosses. If the traits on this list don’t sound familiar, perhaps you are the bad bosses. When you select your em ployees, it is up to yo u to make certain that they have the skills needed. Once the selection process is complete and the employee is in place, back off and allow their individual skills to enhance and grow the business. Micro-management only takes away from the employee, and slows their growth to enhance the company performance. No matter where you are in the world, Indonesia, Dubai, Europe or Africa, be considerate of other people.
Stress, yes, stress, you are now probably about to quit reading this, but believe it or not, good bosses are actually supposed to give you stress. There are two kinds of stress, there’s distress and eustress. Distress is the kind of stress you feel when you are being bullied, manipulated, or abused. Then there is eustress, which is positive stress brought on by good mentors and coaches who are trying to get you challenge your limits and succeed, or by physical therapists who are helping to strengthen your muscles to come back from an injury. A good boss should be giving you eustr ess, if you have a boss who wants you to do your best, he or she should be pushing you beyond your comfort zone, not (just) for the company, but for you then he is a good boss. We can only develop and grow when we have some degree of stress and this is something that great bosses know, and use to help you.
Support, this is almost self-explanatory, a good boss should always have your back in public. At times a boss needs to be a bit tough on you. That’s part of the job that is actually tough for the bosses as well. If he or she wants to take you to task quietly when no one is around, that’s okay. But a boss who belittles, shames, or “throws you under the bus” in front of other people, is not a good boss. Public shaming is a no no and suggests that the problems you may be having at work have to do with your boss, not you.
Success — This is the most important one. Your boss, like your parents, should be aiming for your success. If you don’t feel like your boss is looking for ways to help further your career, or worse, is trying to sabotage you, then you don’t have a boss — you have a problem. A good boss knows that when you look good he or she looks good. Bosses that try to keep you down out of fear that you might outshine them are toxic.