12 Personality Traits of a Great Boss [Infographic]

You have probably heard the old saying, people don’t quit their job, they quit their bosses .

Poor leadership can lead to poor performance across the board.

This is why it’s important to make sure that you have great bosses/managers that are leading the pack and making everyone around them better on a daily basis.

Here are the 12 Outstanding Personality Traits Of A Great Boss:

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1. Think Positive

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Understand the power of positive psychology, look at every situation as a learning opportunity.

No matter what the situation or what type of rough waters you and your organization may enter, remember, if you have a great leader that is an optimist, it makes it a lot easier to work.

Believe me, the last thing that you’d like is for someone to constantly be on your case and give you a lot of negative energy.

2. Honesty Is The Best Policy

It’s important to be transparent and honest with employees.

Great bosses possess the leadership skills to appropriately tell people the truth, whether it’s good or bad.

Happy employees create a productive atmosphere

Transparency is a hard thing to find in the old-school, traditional workplace, but it’s a growing trend within forward-thinking companies that believe in the flat hierarchy.

As they have to let everyone know what is going on at all times or else it can damage the synergy.

3. Delegate

It’s really bad for a boss to just hand assignments to people without any order or organization.

What you’ll see from great bosses is that they’ll delegate the work appropriately, as they know their employees’ strengths and weaknesses.

They also resist the urge to micro-manange and give the employees autonomy so they can easily do their task.

4. Communication is the Best Leadership Skill

So many problems in an organization are the result of lack of communication.

A great boss knows when to talk, but more importantly, when to not talk.

They also know how to speak to employees and clear up any sort of problems that might exist within the office.

5. Know How To Inspire

The fact of the matter is that great leaders know how to inspire.

Sometimes, they don’t even know it. However, what makes them a great boss is the fact that when there’s a big moment, they know how to react to it and how to make the people around them react to it.

If there’s a high pressure situation, the last thing you would want to deal with is someone who would look at it frivolously and not be able to motivate others.

6. Align The Team

Keep the entire team focused, and aligned towards one long term goal.

It’s important to make sure that everyone knows why they are doing certain tasks and what is the result that can come from doing it.

Make sure that your employees are engaged and that they are aligned in terms of knowing the vision and goals of the organization.

7. Promote Work Life Balance

This isn’t just one of the traits of a great boss this is also a trait of a great company.

Allowing employees to have balance between their work and their life allows them to be at peace and it lets them know that they’re more than just an employee, but a valuable person within their company.

8. Give Credit Where It’s Due

We know a thing or two about employee recognition over here.

As a leader, it’s really important to make sure that employees are getting the respect that they deserve.

So make sure to give out credit when it’s due and make sure to recognize employees.
Remember, a pat on the back goes a long way.

9. Encourage Growth

Growth can come in many ways.

We often talk about failing fast within our posts and guest posts.

The reason why is because it encourages growth and it ensures employees that they have the ability to learn from mistakes, rather than fear making them.

10. Praise Your Employees!

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Show your appreciation, even for the small things that your employees do.

A little praise can go a long way. Don’t hesitate to give them shout outs and let them know that they’re doing the right thing.

The ability to effectively praise people is the ultimate leadership skill and it will help the employees around you grow better and more confidently.

11. Mentor

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If you’d like to be a great boss a major part of your skill set will have to be a mentor.

Being someone’s doesn’t have anything to with age, experience, or even their position.

If you’re able to help them excel at something, your duty is to lead them in the right direction and make sure that they’re as good as you, and if possible, better!

12. Be Absolutely Fair

Sure, sometimes a manager/boss will be a lot closer with a group of people.

However, a great boss respects the workplace and knows that everyone needs to be treated fairly and equally.

Don’t make the workplace an ogliarchy and make sure that it’s a fair game for anyone to leave a big imprint within the company.

What Do You Think Of The 12 Traits Of A Great Boss?

Are there any other traits or leadership skills that we might’ve missed or you find could be added on?

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  • mark trezona

    This is great – with the emphasis on all the most important 21st century capabilities for the decentralised flexible workplace that depends upon helping people to feel happy at work work, playing their strengths and achieving their fullest potential.
    BUT what a sad pity you had to put a man in its centre so that yet again the message goes out that to be great boss first you have to be a man.
    Which of course could not be more untrue.
    Thanks for this and thanks for asking for feedback. I love what you are doing at OfficeVibe and continue to be an enthusiastic fan. ;-)

    • JacobShriar

      That’s actually a great point! We don’t feel that way at all, and that definitely wasn’t our intention. We’ve actually written before about why we need more women in the workplace.

      Thanks for the kind words about Officevibe and for being a fan :)

      • mark trezona

        Yes I know this is not how you feel. That’s why I took the time to comment. And thanks for your response,
        Maybe you make a future infographic showing e.g. the essential capabilities for high authority, impact and influence in today’s world of work and re-right the visual balance.
        Good luck with all that you already doing to change the world for the better… :-)

        • http://www.danbenoni.com/ Dan Benoni

          We’ll make sure to work with the design team for the next infographic to represent the XX chromosome, good point! Cheers!

          (PS: Jacob was indeed referring to http://www.officevibe.com/blog/women-in-the-tech-industry you’ll like it!)

          • mark trezona

            Yes. Great. Thanks for the link

  • http://workplace-wonders.com/ LaTonyaWilkins

    Thanks! Great post. I really enjoy reading your blog.

    • http://www.danbenoni.com/ Dan Benoni

      Thanks! Keep up the good vibes and if you have subjects that you’d like us to explore feel free to make a suggestion! :)

    • http://officevibe.com/ Jeff Fermin

      Thank you very much!

  • ariel watiwat

    Interesting topic… thank you so much!

  • tushar varma

    interesting topic…..thanx

  • next9 (Jen CC Tan)

    this was a great read, thank you!

  • hkroo

    very interesting thx

  • http://www.supervisortrainingnetwork.com Rafael

    Jeff,
    The opposite is true with bosses you respect.

    A great boss knows how to effectively hold people accountable without them knowing it or making them feel bad.

    The way you would know is in the following language:

    “Hey, I am fixing this issue because my boss told me and I need to get it done for him”.

    Compare to the following language:

    “I have this problem to figure out and If I fix this issue, the impact to the organization will be that I will save X number of dollars to the bottom line” .

    The great boss leads you down the path of ownership and what is right for the business and gets “you” to answer the question. Once you answer your own question, then he/she boxes you in (nicely) to a due date. You leave feeling that your work will impact the organization instead of just making your boss look good.