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5 Signs Your Boss is a Rock Star

While there’s plenty of work situations in which you may find yourself holding your nose and hating your boss Fred Flintstone-style, if you’re lucky enough to land a job with a thoughtful, smart, encouraging mentor for a leader, you and your co-workers will flourish. Here are five signs you’ve scored a great one and that you should absorb everything you can from your boss.

1.     Your ideas, comments, and suggestions are welcomed (and often) acted upon, and you are empowered to make real change. When people have skin in the game, they tend to give their best, whether it’s at work or anywhere else. If your boss is giving you equity in your job, he or she is giving you the opportunity to put your best foot forward. Plus, it’s often hard to see from the top what will work best throughout a company or work environment, so your boss is smart to ask and act.

2.     Your co-workers are terrific and talented. The people your boss hires are good insight into his or her values and a reflection of the kind of company he or she wants to build. If your fellow employees are capable, hard-working, considerate, and intelligent, there’s a good chance your boss is too.

3.     Your boss makes you feel valued and appreciated. It takes a good listener and observant leader to recognize strengths in each individual and ensuring he or she is set up to succeed in the job. When your boss takes the time to know what you do best, chances are you’re going to do your best work.

4.     There’s a work culture that promotes job satisfaction. If it matters to your boss whether you’re happy at work, that’s an excellent sign that you will be. Productivity and bottom-line success will likely follow when you have smart, happy people who are empowered at their jobs.

5.     He or she recognizes and rewards achievement and progress. When your boss invests time and money on team building and bonding activities to strengthen the team unit, boosting morale, and creating camaraderie, he or she is cultivating a more efficient workforce that pulls as one toward a common goal. That’s not only good for you, but it will work in your boss’s favor as well. And that’s just good business sense.

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