Think about it… It’s been said and repeated ad nauseum that people don’t leave jobs or companies so much as they leave bosses. I happen to agree with that sentiment, and even have some names and faces of my own to apply to the milk cartons for good and bad bosses. But if that’s the case, why aren’t we a bit more mindful of that when starting a search for a new job, ‘er boss. Really!
So, if you, ah-hem know anybody who might be in job search mode soon, here are a few suggestions for them:
- Learn from history. Thinking about the people you’ve worked for in the past, who were your most and least favorite bosses? What made them your most or least favorite? If this is your first job, substitute teachers for bosses. Develop a short list of characteristics that you would like to have in your next boss, e.g., someone who is a good teacher, or someone who is not a micromanager. Think long and hard before accepting a job with someone who lacks any of your minimum qualifications.
- Think about what you hope to get from your next job. Are there specific things you want to learn, or experiences you want to gain? With that in mind, answer the question, “How do I learn best?” The triangulated answer to these questions should give you added insight into the type of person your ‘best boss’ might be.
- As you work into the interview phase for your next job, without becoming a stalker, learn as much as you can about your potential boss. Ferret out what makes them tick, and what their own goals are. Compare that with your own situation, with an eye for areas of conflict or alignment, and be guided accordingly.
Finally, resolve to strive for better “boss alignment” on your path forward. There really are Leaders of Choice out there. Find one that is worthy of your best effort, then give it to them!
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