- In addition to determining the direction of a team or company, bosses have the power to shape what their employees see as the blueprint for leadership.
- Business Insider spoke to 10 employees in an array of fields on what they admire the most about their bosses.
- Bosses providing positive reinforcement and cultivating a culture of celebrating their employees motivates workers to produce their best work.
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Oftentimes, an employee can learn an invaluable amount from their boss or manager — and not just about the job at hand.
From seeing how their boss interacts with fellow workers and higher-ups, an employee can soon see what traits they admire in their boss — and how they’re a blueprint for good leadership.
"Being a good leader is not just about doing things for the sake of doing them," Natasha Case, CEO and cofounder of Coolhaus Ice Cream, told Business Insider. "Good leadership produces a higher quality of work for yourself and your team, and is simply better for business."
She said when you feel good about what you’re doing, you will be motivated to work harder and show up every day to lead by example.
"This is a much more sustainable growth trajectory," Case said.
We asked 10 workers to name one thing they admire about their boss. Their answers reflect what some say are the characteristics of an ideal leader, from having an open-door policy and being generous with praise to staying positive and inspiring employees to excel in the job at hand and beyond.
"You can always come and speak to him about anything."
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"Some bosses say they have an open-door policy, but then don’t actually have one," Mike Gnitecki, a firefighter and paramedic, told Business Insider in an email. "But my boss truly has one — you can always come and speak to him about anything."
Gnitecki said this helps make his boss a good leader because people are not afraid to approach him with questions or concerns.
"She always makes time for me and other employees."
"The one thing I admire about my boss would have to be the fact that she always makes time for me and other employees," Mike Sheety, director of operations at ThatShirt.com, told Business Insider in an email. "This has proven to be incredibly valuable to all of us."
Sheety said that if there is an issue or something needs to be discussed, it won’t be pushed aside.
"This has ensured a good relationship between the boss and employees on all levels, as we constantly feel heard, valued, and like we’re an important part of the team," he said.
"It’s extremely rare to find a boss who insists that you’re given credit for all your work, and mine always does."
Jessica Granofsky, a public relations coordinator for a tech startup, most admires her boss’ genuine interest in her professional and personal development, she told Business Insider in an email.
Her boss has "made a point of emphasizing that the effort I put into something is just as valuable as the result," she said.
Additionally, "I think it’s extremely rare to find a boss who insists that you’re given credit for all your work, and mine always does," she said.
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