5 Qualities That Every Good Boss Should Have

Leadership advice from leaders is great and all but change is good, too. So we asked you readers for your take on what you admire in your bosses. The results may surprise you!

5 Qualities That Every Good Boss Should Have

It’s not easy being a leader.


It also doesn’t help that most advice about leadership is given by, well, let’s be honest, leaders. Instead of having CEOs and executives talk about what makes themselves great, we thought we thought it’d be nice to open up the floor to all voices–so we put out a simple question on Facebook.

What do you think makes a really good boss?

As usual, the responses came streaming in. Here, we’ve compiled a list of our five favorites. Feel free to forward it on to your own boss–if you think they’re a good enough boss to appreciate it.

1. Be an advocate for your company and don’t hide your faults (we’ve all got them)

2. Drop the ego and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty

3. Inspire others to lead

4. Fight for your team, don’t micro-manage them


5. Being the boss doesn’t mean you can’t be helpful

Related: If You Do These Three Things, You’re Probably A Hateable Boss

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Former Editorial Assistant Miles Kohrman helped run Fast Company's homepage and completed miscellaneous tasks around the newsroom. He is a 2013 graduate of The New School.