I’ve heard that some of the most popular blogs on Toolkit Café have been about best bosses and worst bosses so I thought I would take this week to talk about The best boss I ever had.
Better Bosses Make Better Employees
The best Boss I ever had forced me to be better than I thought I was, to think for myself, and think through problems. If I made mistakes, I had to helped troubleshoot them until the issue was resolved. Fortunately most of the people we supported were patient and didn’t mind if I had to redo a network setup or if I crashed their laptop by installing the wrong drivers.
My boss literally felt that everyone had the capacity to succeed in life and everyone had opportunity if they wanted it. I think the fact that he was gay at a time and place where that wasn’t always accepted influenced those beliefs. He never let what others think get in his way. He had several degrees, stature and respect in his position.
All Good Things Must End
Later in life this boss left IT to get a law degree but not before teaching me that the best bosses anyone can ever have are the ones who will work with you when needed, get hands dirty with you, if that’s what it takes to get the job done, and help you achieve your goals…not just theirs. That was my boss.
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