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How to be a Good Boss? Qualities of a Perfect Manager to Employees

Updated on December 12, 2013
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Anamika S. Jain has been a social media consultant for six years. She has written more than 200 articles on relationships and dating.

How to be a Good Boss or Manager to Employees?

Being a Boss is not an easy job. Being a good Boss is even more difficult. Being a Boss or Manager gives the privilege and the responsibility of managing others. But if you do not want your employees to constantly talk behind your back or complain about you then you should cultivate the qualities of a good boss. No one is perfect. I have had Bosses who literally scared me and I myself had been a Manager with several people to manage. There have been Bosses I loved to work with and there had been bosses who scared me to death. I remember a particular Senior Manager in a Bank I worked whom I and my colleagues secretly used to refer as ‘damager saab’. There was yet another boss of mine who took all my credit for himself and never had any words of encouragement. The list of such negative qualities is endless.

Given below are some characteristics of a good Boss or Manager.

Qualities of a Good Boss
Qualities of a Good Boss

7 Qualities of a Good Boss

Given are some characteristics of a Boss or Manager whom I feel employees will respect and be loyal to.
1. Leadership Qualities: A good boss would be a good leader. He gives clear instructions and is firm on his decisions. He is good at delegating work and getting it done. He manages employees in such a way that their talents and skills are utilized to bring in maximum productivity in work. As a leader a good boss leads by example by coming to work on time, doing the job well and not letting his personal problems affect his performance at work.
2. Positive Attitude: A good Boss has a positive frame of mind. He develops positive qualities and confidence in his subordinates and motivates them to put in their best efforts at work. He ensures that his employees get rewards, recognition, favorable workers compensation and incentives for their good work. He judges his subordinates based on their performance and ability to work in a team. He always gives credit where it is due. As a good boss he knows that praises should be done in public while criticisms should always be kept private.
3. Values Time: A good Boss understands that ‘time is money’. He values his time as well as his subordinate’s time and do not waste time on useless meetings or private talks. Though he delegates authority or tasks to a subordinate and ensures that it is done properly he does not call a subordinate to his cabin for a review and then keep him waiting indefinitely while he is busy attending phone calls. He takes his responsibilities seriously and works wholeheartedly. He helps and assists his employees when deadlines arise.
4. Tolerance: A good boss displays a fair degree of humane qualities. He is task oriented but not heartless. He understands and give some considerations to the needs of his subordinates in terms of family, illness etc. He realizes that when emergencies come up in personal lives sometimes it is more important than the job. He would not force his employees to work on holidays or Sundays because he understands the need of rest and rejuvenation. He also ensures a safe working environment for his employees enabling them to work without disturbance or fear. He also makes sure that their employees have the resources on hand to get their jobs done. He also lets employees know that they are appreciated and not just at the times of their yearly reviews. He is genuinely concerned with the welfare of his employees and provides them with recognition, raise in salary or other rewards to motivate them when a job is done well.
5. Knowledge on the Subject Matter: A good boss must have some proven skills, expertise or knowledge on the subject without which he would not be able to help a subordinate who approaches with a problem. When the subordinate needs help in some area beyond his reach the boss should be able to offer help. When the subordinate lacks knowledge the boss also assists him by educating him. A good Boss provides employees with continuous education to upgrade and improve their skills relevant to work. A good Manager is knowledgeable in his area of responsibility and displays professionalism, honesty and commitment in his job.
6. Communication with Employees: A good Boss is good at communication. He not only lets the employees know about his expectations and instructions for work but also listens to the employee’s ideas or what they have to say on the subject. An ideal boss defines the work to be done, specifies the boundaries of freedom to act, indicates the areas where the subordinates should consult him, explain the goals and targets to be met and offers his help and support in attaining the goals. He is also a mentor of his employees and helps them grow and develop to be the best that they can be. A good boss knows what is going around and would not be caught unawares of issues and even accomplishments in their department. He also takes criticisms constructively and uses it to improve his weaknesses.
7. Taking Responsibility: A good boss take full responsibility of his employees. A good boss when confronted with a problem in his department will not point fingers at others. He takes the blame himself and the whole department. Problems could also show issues within the department which the manager should be taking responsibility for. Since employees are his responsibility he also ensures the standards of the employees to work for his company. In addition to the standard process of resume analysis and interviews, qualification and work experience checks, he also ensures that a criminal background check is done on the prospective employee.

Have I left anything about the qualities or characteristics of a good boss or Manager? Feel free to add them through comments.


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  • Tranquilheart profile image


    7 years ago from Canada

    I agree with John Chancellor's comment. I've worked at many places and unfortunately I've only met a couple of managers who could do these things. Good managers are rare.

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    8 years ago

    It is very positive and excellence point,

    I will be a bank manager on 16 May, 2012.

    This is a good to follow.


  • Tagay Zeleke profile image

    Tagay Zeleke 

    8 years ago from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    it is good information for me b/c I will be a manager in near feature

  • ClarissaLeary profile image


    8 years ago from Austrlaia

    Great content, I specially like the Take Responsibility.

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    8 years ago

    i wish to more on the employees and boss relations, what happens if an employee fall in love with a boss? And what kind of relation or acts could be allowed in the office, how to deduce what is right or wrong?

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    8 years ago

    Amazing post !!! Very inspiring

  • brianwhitskey24 profile image


    8 years ago from Chicago

    i think i have every positive characteristic of good leader, helping others, motivating others helping them to solve their problems, but sometimes this all are taken for granted and they use me everything, may be i am not able to convey my messages properly or they just don't take me seriously.. May be i dont keep a set of boundaries between my over friendliness and respect of a leaders to other.. want to become a good leader and boss trying my best to become an inspirational leader in my friends and the company that am about to start...

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    ahmed bokhari 

    8 years ago

    very useful words

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    Western Legend Shipping 

    8 years ago

    More than a boss, being a great human and great lisner is a great boss or leader in the world.

  • Bhanu.Jas profile image


    9 years ago from Australia

    Great expression and points.I like your hub.

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    9 years ago

    Superb hub. I'd like to add, a good boss is almost always not sitting in the office all the time as he is working just like other employees. Hub up.=)

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    9 years ago

    This is a great Article. Some good points are mentioned here. If I may, I would like to add, A good Boss also should be able interact with other departments and solve many problems that the subordinate would experience.

  • shanshane2 profile image


    10 years ago from Rochester, WA

    As a "Boss" I think that the number one most important quality that a boss can have is honesty. There are of course always limits concerning operational decisions that could affect moral, but honesty in relationships with suubordinates is very important. In addition, a fair and consistent approach will garner respect from all. Clear expectations and consequences for failing to communicate when you might fall short of the expectations go a long way toward keeping employees from guessing!

  • johnmce profile image


    10 years ago from Brighton, UK

    Number 3 is a great point. valuing time is so often underrated in all types of businesses I've worked in. Even in an agency environment where time literally is money its amazing how much time i've seen wasted on meetings for the sake of meetings. Nice hub

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    10 years ago

    like the article

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    11 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    You are right Shalini. Thanks for the comment.

  • Shalini Kagal profile image

    Shalini Kagal 

    11 years ago from India

    Great hub Anamika - that's a great 'good boss' list you have there! Maintaining a balance is tough work for a boss - and needs constant working on!

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    11 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    You got a point there Erick. Thanks for the Comment.

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    Erick Smart 

    11 years ago

    It can be a tough balance between assertive to get the employees to get the job done but also be likable so they do not hate you in the process.

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    Anamika S Jain 

    11 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    I agree with you fishskinfreak2008. After all employees are humans too and needs rest and relaxation. Thanks for the visit.

  • fishskinfreak2008 profile image


    11 years ago from Fremont CA

    Excellent points. Too many bosses here in HOng Kong are assholes, making their employees work from 9:00 until 20:00 or even 7:00 until midnight when office hours are from 9:00 to 17:00 or 9:00 to 17:30 only. A good professional relationship must work both ways. Thumbs up

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    11 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Yes Barry, You are right.I have had both the experiences.

    Emohealer : I have had that sort of Bosses for whom i never minded going an extra mile by working on a weekend or holiday because I wanted to remain the best. Thanks for the nice comment.

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    Sioux Ramos 

    11 years ago from South Carolina

    Very nice! A positive look at being a good boss rather than talk of the things that don't inspire. That is what a boss really wants is to inspire those who works for them to accomplish and exceed the goal at hand.

  • barryrutherford profile image

    Barry Rutherford 

    11 years ago from Queensland Australia

    yes indeed a good or bad boss can make you or break you !

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    11 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks Mahesh and smile8400 for the nice comments.

  • smile8400 profile image


    11 years ago

    Good boss and guru person having these qualities

    Even family head also required


  • CEN7777 profile image


    11 years ago

    There are many qualities that make up a good boss and staff are bound to have their own idea. Thus a good boss should be able to motivate, communicate,acknowledge initiative, should praise and reward subordinate,encourage staff development, treat ataff as an individual and be honest and truthfull to his staff.

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    11 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    ameliehub : Thanks for the nice comments

    John Chancellor : That is exactly what I meant when i wrote that 'a good Boss is good at delegating work and getting it done' and 'that he defines the work to be done, specifies the boundaries of freedom to act, indicates the areas where the subordinates should consult him, explain the goals and targets to be met and offers his help and support in attaining the goals'. Thanks for your Opinion.

    Betslckes : I am happy that you liked the Hub.

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    11 years ago

    Thanks for a great hub! I'm sure it will come in useful for me!

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    John Chancellor 

    11 years ago from Tennessee

    I think two of the most important traits of a good boss is one that sets clear boundaries and holds people accountable. If an employee does not have a set structure to work in, they will find themselves unsure of how to act, what to do. People need to know what is expected of them.

    And if a boss does not hold them accountable for their actions, bad habits will develop. We all perform better when we have structure and know we are going to be held accountable.

  • ameliehub profile image


    11 years ago from UK

    Nice hub Anamika, looks like it's a tough job to be a good boss.


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