Thursday, June 4, 2015

15 most desirable characteristics in a boss

Recently I asked the following question through my LinkedIn network

What one quality or characteristic do you most need to see in your boss? 

Over a couple of weeks I received 293 one word responses. I collated my findings and included them in the pie chart below.

Integrity-33, Leadership-28, Trustworthy-18, Honest-17, Respect-14, Vision-11, Consistent-8, Fair-7, Supportive-6, Empathy-5, Communicator-5, Transparent-4, Loyal-4, Intelligent-4, Humour-4, Other 125

While going through the process of collating the information, I was forced to think about some of the responses. Some of the characteristics that I thought would have been important appeared far down the list.

I then started to question why people responded with a specific characteristic. Did their contribution come from a sense of pain or even hurt? For instance, take the word 'fair'. I'd assume that this appears in the top 15 because a lot of employees have felt the injustice of being treated unfairly. This thinking obviously has far reaching implications.

What are your first thoughts to this crowd-sourced research?

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