We've all heard the adage, "People don't leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses." It makes great fodder for after-work gripe sessions, but is there really any data to back the claim up? As it turns out, there's a ton.
In one study, 61 percent of those working for bad bosses said they were looking for another job, while just 27 percent of those working for good bosses were considering alternate employment. And here's one that's really startling: 65 percent of people with bad bosses said they've sometimes misrepresented the truth at work, compared to only 19 percent of those with good bosses. Just as great bosses bring out the best in us, bad bosses bring out the worst.
Great bosses change us for the better. They see more in us than we see in ourselves, and they help us learn to see it too. They dream big and show us all the great things we can accomplish.
"A good boss is a man who isn't worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him." – H. S. M. Burns
Being a great boss obviously has a tangible value other than just being liked, but how do you know if you are one? And, if you're not, how do you get better?