Good bosses focus on long-term results. Bad bosses obsess over the current quarter.
Very few people in this world answer to no one, and knowing who you're working for can make the difference between having a positive work experience and wanting to quit for good at quitting time. How can you tell if you've got a micromanager or a genuine team leader who's interested in the success of his or her team? In "Real Leaders Don't Boss: Inspire, Motivate and Earn Respect from Employees and Watch Your Organization Soar" (Career Press/available now), author Ritch K. Eich outlines ten "good boss/bad boss" scenarios, many of which you probably recognize from bygone gigs. As you advance in your own career, Eich contends, stay mindful that real leaders aren't born; rather, they evolve over time, learning through trial and error. Not ever bad boss, he says, is destined to stay a bad boss. Now founder/president of Eich Associated, Eich has held leadership positions at Stanford University Medical Center, Blue Shield of California and the University of Michigan, among other institutions. He also has served in the Pentagon, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, NATO (South), the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets (Commands), as well as other joint commands. For more about the book, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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