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Top 10 traits of an exceptional boss

Last updated on: May 23, 2013 18:30 IST

Top 10 traits of an exceptional boss

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Find out if your current manager has some of these traits or all of them..

The first lesson in business is to figure out who to listen to and who not to.

The Huffington Post has come up with 10 traits that show who an exceptional boss is and who is not.

1. Accountability

Accepting responsibility and holding themselves and others accountable is among the primary qualities of a good boss.

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2. Not full of surprises

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Good bosses are not full of surprises.

One of the simple facts of management is that everyone's got issues, some more than others.

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3. Good troubleshooters

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The best managers are good at troubleshooting and problem solving.

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4. Understand the key aspects of the business

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They have a good understanding of all the key aspects of the business they are in, whether it is understanding the product, technology, market share, sales channels, or how to read an income statement.

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5. They get the job done

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A good boss always manages to find a way to get the job done.



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6. Effective communication

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They manage up and sideways communications effectively.

They know how to communicate and work effectively with their superiors and subordinates, and how to give them what they need to become successful and get the same in return.

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7. Good decision-makers

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The best bosses are really good decision-makers.

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8. Effective not productive

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Good managers are effective, not productive.

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9. Driven

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They live for their jobs, like to be engaged, empowered, driven, and motivated.

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10. Humour, humility, empathy

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People who become the best bosses have a sense of humour, humility, and empathy.

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