How To Choose An Excellent Boss

A new year, a new you, a new start AND maybe for you that means a new new job or career?

I am often asked, what to look for in a boss? What makes for an excellent boss? Working with an excellent boss is highly valuable and finding the right one can be like mining for a diamond in the rough.

An excellent boss is rare, there are plenty of decent ones and good ones out there.

A good starting point as simple as it sounds is to know thyself and be clear on who you are. Doing so, will help you to align your values with the right boss, company and organizational culture.

You are ready to finally make that leap and transition into a new career. You know you are a diamond and that your skills, talents, desire and attitude and willingness to learn and grow and passion for the work is indeed a great fit for that dream career.  Landing your ideal position, your dream job can as we all know take time. In some cases the hiring process can take 60 to 90 days. So what are some of the things you should consider when it comes to recognizing and working with an excellent boss?

Just as it is vitally important that companies find and hire the right candidate it is equally important that you find an excellent boss to work with, to partner with.

Companies know and recognize the value of finding THE right talent, the right match for the right position. Certainly poor hiring decisions are costly. Resulting in loss of money, time, resources and not to mention the on-boarding and continual training costs of a new hire. We all know that companies want to find the best fit for the position they have but what about the employee? After all it is a two way street. Both employer and employee need to get a long and make it work.

So what do you need to look for when it comes to choosing an excellent boss?

What should you consider? What are some of the tell tell signs of an excellent boss? What attributes, characteristics and values should look for?

Here are 5 things to look for and consider in choosing an excellent boss?

1. Servant Leader

An excellent boss will encourage you to contribute, to take ownership of the company vision and have a commitment to serve others.  A priority for them is the growth of their people and the organization. They will also raise you and let your light shine. They are not concerned with hoarding all the glory for themselves. An excellent boss puts people first before profits because they know that when they do this the profits will come as a bi-product.


An excellent boss is most certainly understanding. Understanding and sensitive to the needs of their employees. Understanding of balancing the needs in the organization. As Stephen R.  Covey reminds us, “Seek first to understand then to be understood” Certainly any boss worth his salt, will have no problem with demonstrating and being a person who is caring, compassionate and understanding, being relational. Most employees prefer to work with a boss that is genuine, authentic and not cold and buttoned up. Another saying comes to mind, people don’t care what you know until they know how much you care. Caring about your staff, team and employees is very important.

3. Listening

An excellent boss will most certainly give you the time of day, to hear what you have to say and will elicit and invite you to share more. Feeling comfortable enough to express and share your thoughts, ideas, suggestions and concerns as an employee is important. If your boss is only interested in hearing the warm glow and positives then perhaps they are not open to real feedback. Feedback that could indeed help and or improve the bottom line and productivity. An excellent boss will want to know about opportunities to improve situations and ought to be open to listening to all feedback.


An excellent boss is committed to the service of others. They lead by example. They are in service to the mission, the values, the culture of the company and in service to their employees and customers. Steering and charting the course of the ship! Admired by their employees as a person of greatness. An excellent boss is a great person!

5.Sense of Humor

Sense of humor is important. It is all about relationships after all and since many of us spend much of our time at work then working in an environment that is fun is key and can brighten even the most challenging of days. Being a playful boss doesn’t make you a push over. It makes you human and it creates the kind of environment where people want to come to work each day.

What are some of the important attributes and characteristics that make for an excellent boss in your opinion, what do you think they are? What has your experience been?

Janet I Mueller is the author of  her forthcoming book “The Blossoming – A Leaders Guide 10 Keys To Unlocking Your Blooming Potential” and “A Champion’s Guide To Thriving Beyond Breast Cancer. She is a mentor for the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, and recognized as a woman of outstanding leadership by the International Women’s Leadership Association. She is a parent educator, writer, coach and speaker. She helps her clients and audience inspiring and instructing helping them to become the best leaders they can be through personal growth and development and servant leadership









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