Great bosses and leaders: What distinguishes them from the rest?

Minding the Workplace

Let’s face it: Heading up an organization, department, or working group is difficult, challenging work. Doing it well requires a thorough knowledge of the work that must be done, a deep understanding of the organization’s culture, and a megaton of emotional intelligence. On many occasions I’ve written about what makes for great bosses and leaders. I’ve collected a few of the more apt posts here:

Positive qualities of my best bosses (2012) — “They earned respect quietly, expressed appreciation when it was merited, and brought out your best. A word of praise could make my day, because I knew it was sincere and meaningful.”

Leadership as light  (2012) — “…(G)ood leadership is a product of both reflection and action, and is grounded in a moral core.”

Great organizational leaders enable and empower others (2011) — “But when it comes to leading organizations, the ability and willingness to encourage, support, mentor…

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