Are You A Good Boss? - Scoring

Read the paragraph below that corresponds to your score.

0-3 You are most likely a Bad Boss. You may be a boss that is successful in your particular career; however, you are not likely respected as a boss. It is possible that many of the people working for you spend time (or waste time from your perspective) talking about you behind your back. You may be the type of boss that says, “I’m not here to win a popularity contest.” Not only are you not winning a popularity contest, you are not winning as a Good Boss. Unfortunately, you are paying a tax because of lost productivity. Also, you may have lost a number of good people that are thriving someplace else because of your Bad Boss style. Check your ego at the door and realize that being a boss is about getting the most out of the people that work for you. This is job number one for you.

4-7: Between you, me, and the lamp post you are not officially a Good Boss, but at least you are not a totally Bad Boss. The people that work for you probably see you as an OK Boss that they wish could be better. People most likely are getting the job done, but you may be frustrated by their lack of enthusiasm and overall energy. They may not offer many ideas for improvements, but they seem to get the job done most of the time. Since you indicated that you do a couple of things right, and that you took this test means that you are open to new ideas. You are in good position to take advantage of your own personal growth, and you will notice a considerable improvement in the people that work for you if develop more Good Boss qualities. Use this Boss-Talk as a resource to help get you on the right track.

8-11: You are a very close to being a Good Boss. You are among the few bosses that are doing a good job as a boss. People respect you, and they are probably working hard for you as well. People enjoy working for you and spending time with you as well. You are the type that can handle feedback and learn from the feedback you receive. You possess the qualities of an effective boss, but there is still some room for improvement in some areas. Boss-Talk provides a number of resources and suggested self-development tools such as books, websites, and articles you can use to grow your boss style to be even more effective.

12-13: Congratulations, you are a Good Boss! Good Bosses seem to be rare these days and you can count yourself as one of them. The people that report to you work for you, not because of you. People enjoy working for you and spending time with you as well. You are the type that can handle feedback and learn from the feedback you receive. More important, you have the skill to develop the people that work for you to be effective leaders in their own right. Being a Good Boss is not an event, it is a journey, so your job is never done. Use Boss-Talk as a resource to further develop your skills. And by all means, post some stories of your Good Boss behavior so others can learn from you.