Who are you modeling?

If you’ve been fortunate enough to have a good boss then you are usually one of the lucky ones. Getting two or more of these is equivalent to winning the lottery. We model our behavior on what we observe. If most of what we see is poor leadership then it’s unlikely we will be much better without an intervention.

In a study of over one hundred leaders from multiple industries when asked “Who was your best boss and why was he/she so good?” The five factors that emerged were:

1. Created a sense of contribution.
2. Showed character.
3. Demonstrated empathy.
4. Nurtured imagination.
5. Leveraged employee strengths.

It’s no secret that people leave their bosses. We also know that employee turnover has a direct impact on the bottom line of your business. Many people believe that leadership is a trait we all possess. That may be true for some, but for others leadership is something that can be taught. Isn’t it time that you put this knowledge to good use to resolve this problem, and start modeling what a GREAT bosses looks like?

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