Before I started working for myself, I put in almost 15 years of my life working for various companies and I had gone through six bosses in my career. They are all different and after some time you learn to appreciate the good ones. These angels are hard to come by and they share some common winning traits:
No favouritism – A good supervisor is fair to everyone, or at least they appear to be. Nothing pisses off an employee more than being treated unfairly. Favouritism creates a divided workforce and nothing can be accomplished without team work.
No faking – While it is necessary to sometimes kiss ass, some supervisors do it so often that they lose credibility because nobody can tell if they mean what they say when it comes down to business.
No swearing – People who swear and curse at their employees reflect poorly on their own character. So, next time, when you want to reprimand one of your subordinates, keep your stashes of F-words away.
Know your stuff – You can’t be a good supervisor and earn the respect of your workers if you don’t know what you are doing. It’s not authority but knowledge that guarantees the work runs smoothly. No one respects a boss who gives stupid suggestions.
Know when to exercise compassion – While it is important to not show any favouritism, a good supervisor must show that you are human too by sympathising with your workers’ plights. This is the key to their loyalty.
At the end of the day, treat others how you want to be treated and you can never go wrong (unless you are masochistic) 😛 .