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Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Good Boss?

Updated: Mar 31, 2021

Organizations take their best engineers, best accountants, best sales people, best nurses and promote them to management with little to no training or support. Within a year, these best supervisors/managers may quit because they fail at leading people. And many of their employees become disengaged or leave too - because of their untrained bosses.

Before you accept a promotion into a leadership position, consider the responsibilities. Ask for training and development before and along the way. Here are some things to think about as you step into your new role:

  1. Understand each of your team members' strengths and weaknesses, their work styles, what drives them and how they think.

  2. Provide honest, specific feedback.

  3. Motivate and coach each of your employees differently.

  4. Feel energized by the challenges and obstacles when managing people.

  5. Go that extra mile to help an employee get better and be better.

  6. Feel what others are feeling; walk a mile in their shoes.

  7. Communicate to upper management when things are going well and not so well.

  8. Have the ability to say “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure” to your employees.

  9. Think critically and solve complex problems.

  10. Predict, prioritize and plan.

  11. Conceptualize, strategize, and systematize on how best to do things.

  12. Have the stamina and energy to lead people.

  13. Make the time and effort to master being a leader

  14. Get your hands dirty when necessary.

  15. Have the self-discipline to use your time effectively, to structure, prioritize, and organize.

  16. Don't feel threatened by people who are smarter than you.

Thanks to Gino Wickman and Rene Boer for writing How to Be a Great Boss. We love their work and it fits well with their previous book, TRACTION.


Ready to strengthen your culture, your team and your leaders? We're now providing DiSC assessments as a valuable team building tool. And our Leadership Essentials Workshops are engaging and experiential. Call Margie Adams at 303-809-8093 or email

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