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Being The Boss: 7 Tell Tale Signs S/He’s a Keeper

by Caitlin Terreblanche in Career Tips, Job Search Tips 15/08/2017 0 comments

It’s inevitable, when working for someone, that you’ll have a boss whom you’d have to report to and follow instructions from. However, there’s a difference between a good leader and someone who’s placed in a position without any leadership skills. When hunting for a new job, it’s important to keep your eyes open for subtle traits of a boss who’s a keeper – ensuring that you’ll have an enjoyable experience working at that particular company.

Remember, the last thing you want is to regret signing on the dotted line only to figure out that you’re more of a leader than your own boss.

1. S/he takes ‘criticism’

Being able to take positive criticism from the members of your team means that you’re open to growing and becoming the boss that your team needs. Remember, every team has different requirement, however, in order to get the most out of each team member, you have to be willing to adapt in order to be able to manage your team successfully.

2. S/he takes the time to listen

Listening is a big part of being a leader, not just a boss. Listening means you’re paying attention to your team members, perhaps even getting to know them in the process. It’s important to be able to listen to what each team member has to say when they have the floor as much as it is to give instructions.

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3. S/he keeps a promise

Most importantly, gaining the trust of employees can’t happen overnight, but it sure does help if promises are kept. Thus, if a boss promises anything and conveniently forgets about fulfilling those promises, be warned. Although it may not be an easy thing to notice in a job interview, there are subtle hints which may be prevalent before or during the interview.

4. S/he is authentic

Being a genuine person is important, not just as a boss/leader, but as an employee as well. This is something you can easily tell. Does s/he appear to be hiding anything? Is the conversation natural or genuine? If not, you may want to continue on your job search.

5. S/he is present

How often is s/he in the office? Does it appear to a be a big deal that s/he is present in the job interview? Being a present member of the team is important for company morale and overall communication purposes. If not, s/he doesn’t really know what’s going on in the company.

6. S/he is a team player

Does s/he speak ‘team’? Or is it pretty much a one man show? It’s important to have someone who inspires growth and motivates those on his/her team. Pay close attention how s/he interacts with the employees. You’ll be able to tell relatively quickly.

7. S/he encourages

Having a boss that encourages the employees should be at the top of your list. Does s/he seem to care about those working in the office? Do the employees seem to be upbeat or quite sombre?

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