How good is your boss?

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Questions to find out how good your boss is. Research included.

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How good is your boss

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Question 1 How good is your boss at participating

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Research shows that leadership participation is crucial for collaboration. https://hbr.org/2015/04/why-no-one-uses-the-corporate-social-network

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Top 6 excuses of managers for not participating on social media 1. I don’t have time. 2. It’s not about me. 3. It doesn’t replace face-to-face. 4. It’s marketing’s job. 5. Who cares about what I had for lunch. 6. I don’t want to get my company in trouble. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-do-when-execs-avoid-social-media-answer-top-6-excuses-li

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On a scale from 1 to 10 how good is your boss at participating 1 10

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Question 2 How good is your boss at asking people questions

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Question from school principal to cafeteria worker: “Ive been thinking about how to improve the flow of kids as they enter the kitchen to get their food. What do you think" http://www.edutopia.org/blog/questions-principals-should-be-asking-mitch-center

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Leaders who ask their people “What can our company do to help you grow and achieve your goals” will find it comes back 10-fold. https://hbr.org/2010/07/when-your-employees-know-more

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http://www.ideachampions.com/weblogs/archives/2008/03/_the_root_of_th.shtml You want to create an environment where new ideas are popping all the time. If you do old problems and ineffective ways of doing things will begin dissolving.

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https://twitter.com/Leadershipfreak/status/453403663885541376

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The most effective leaders actively ask for feedback http://www.forbes.com/sites/joefolkman/2013/12/19/the-best-gift-leaders-can-give-honest-feedback/

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On a scale from 1 to 10 How good is your boss at asking people questions 1 10

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Question 3 How good is your boss at listening

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Of all the skills of leadership listening is one of the most valuable. http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/leading_in_the_21st_century/developing_leaders_in_a_business

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Outstanding leaders are people who first listen. Daniel Goleman Sources http://freevideolectures.com/Course/2525/Leadership-by-Harvard-Business/5

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They spend a significant amount of time talking with people to understand what motivates and how they can support and boost enthusiasm in others. http://www.theworkfoundation.com/assets/docs/publications/232_leadership_execsummFINAL.pdf

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On a scale from 1 to 10 How good is your boss at listening 1 10

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Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Listening-tips-1485898

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Question 4 How inspiring is your boss

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The bosss role is to enthuse enable and encourage. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Staff-first-customers-second-for-HCL-boss/articleshow/6039039.cmsixzz13Yu5pFxH Vineet Nayar

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Inspiring leaders encourage people to be innovative. https://hbr.org/2013/06/what-inspiring-leaders-do

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4 people who are all leading 1. The first-shift line worker who tells her boss she needs to watch the third shift to find out what they are doing differently is leading. 2. Her boss who says "Great let me know what you find out" is leading. 3. The plant supervisor is leading when he celebrates the line workers initiative and acts on the information she found. 4. And the COO is leading when she inspires others to action by telling the whole story throughout the company. http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/09/why_we_need_more_women_leaders.html

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On a scale from 1 to 10 how good is your boss at inspiring people 1 10

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Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-do-we-give-feedback-1761017

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Question 5 How good is your boss at involving external people

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The age of customer capitalism has come of age. http://www.customerthink.com/blog/what_leaders_of_21st_century_customer_centric_organisations_do

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Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to want to struggle for shared aspirations. Jim Kouzes Barry Posner http://www.inc.com/brian-evje/quick-define-leadership.html

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1 10 On a scale from 1 to 10 how good is your boss at involving external people

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Question 6 How good is your boss at making self management possible

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When we choose for ourselves we are far more committed to the outcome - by a factor of at least 5 to 1. http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/organization/increasing_the_meaning_quotient_of_work

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Jonathan Becher removed himself from some of the approval chains. He delegated critical and visible decisions to his direct reports. http://www.managementexchange.com/story/culture-eats-strategy

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Delegation benefits managers direct reports and organizations. http://blogs.hbr.org/hmu/2012/07/why-arent-you-delegating.html

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Stepping back so others can step up is among the toughest challenges of leadership. http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/the-12-toughest-challenges-of-leadership/

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The best executives understand which decisions they need to focus on and which ones they can delegate. http://hbr.org/2013/11/you-cant-be-a-wimp-make-the-tough-calls/ar/1

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Adapted from Tannenbaum Robert and Schmidt Warren H.: How to choose a leadership pattern. Harvard Business Review March – April 1958 Vol. 36 No. 2. Use of authority by the leader Freedom for people to lead themselves High power distance Low power distance

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When people lose their sense of control such as when tasks are dictated to them the brains emotional response centre can actually cause a decrease in cognitive functioning. https://hbr.org/2013/04/stop-telling-your-employees-wh

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4 reasons why managers dont delegate Reason 1 Some are perfectionists who feel its easier to do everything themselves or that their work is better than others. Reason 2 Some believe that passing on work will detract from their own importance. Reason 3 Some lack self-confidence and dont want to be upstaged by their subordinates. Reason 4 Some fear delegation because theyve been burned in the past. https://hbr.org/2012/07/why-arent-you-delegating.html

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On a scale from 1 to 10 How good is your boss at delegating decision making 1 10

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Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-can-we-make-better-decisions-2058027

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Question 7 How good is your boss at helping people find and use their strengths

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At Gore leaders emerge and once they’re in a leadership role they understand their job is to bring out the strengths of their teams to make their colleagues successful. http://blogs.wsj.com/management/2010/03/18/lessons-from-a-middle-aged-revolutionary-at-wl-gore/

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What can you do to encourage people http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/energy-for-a-new-year/

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What can you do to help people be more effective Sources http://blogs.hbr.org/hill-lineback/2011/04/the-most-important-question-a.html http://www.businessweek.com/managing/content/apr2011/ca2011045_217749.htm

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http://hbr.org/2014/05/blue-ocean-leadership/ar/1 When you think of your leadership as services you do for others who would buy which services from you Why

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On a scale from 1 to 10 how good is your boss at helping people find and use their strengths 1 10

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Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/What-do-great-teachers-do-2178430

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Question 8 How good is your boss at thinking creatively

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Great leaders  see before others see  understand before others understand and  act before others act. https://hbr.org/2016/01/want-to-be-an-outstanding-leader-keep-a-journal

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To thrive as a C-level executive an individual needs to be a good communicator a collaborator and a strategic thinker. http://hbr.org/2011/03/the-new-path-to-the-c-suite/ar/6

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The 3 most important leadership qualities Study based on one-on-one interviews with over 1500 corporate heads and public sector leaders across 60 nations and 33 industries. http://www.fastcompany.com/1648943/creativity-the-most-important-leadership-quality-for-ceos-study

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A creative person is someone who decides to produce ideas to support ideas that go against the crowd. http://www.forbes.com/2010/02/22/robert-jeffrey-sternberg-leadership-managing-varghese.html

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On a scale from 1 to 10 How good is your boss at thinking creatively 1 10

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Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Creativity-exercises-2378829

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Question 9 How good is your boss at thinking globally

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Leaders with a strong stock of global mindset know about cultures as well as political and economic systems in other countries and understand how their global industry works. https://hbr.org/2010/05/bringing-the-global-mindset-to.html

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http://kolindkuren.dk/2006/12/21/leder-21-taenker-globalt/ Any leader must think globally.

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On a scale from 1 to 10 How good is your boss at thinking globally 1 10

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Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Globalization-2173145

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Question 10 How good is your boss at seeking simplicity

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Guy Wollaert literally followed oranges from the groves to the consumer to understand every step of the juice-making process and to identify where there was opportunity for change. https://hbr.org/2016/04/when-was-the-last-time-you-asked-why-are-we-doing-it-this-way

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A good leader cuts away at complexity until simplicity emerges. http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/ten-radical-shift-in-thinking-all-leaders-face/

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On a scale from 1 to 10 how good is your boss at seeking simplicity 1 10

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Question 11 How well does your boss know who she / he is

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http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/the-first-secret-of-developing-a-leader/

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Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Questions-to-discover-your-values-1329394

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