We have all at least thought about it: how does my boss compare to others? Do they really have my best interests at heart? Do they practice what they preach? Do they make the grade?
Beginning from my younger years (firstly for fun), I developed a framework to help me grade my boss. I modified it over time and, with some irony, today I try to measure my own performance as a CEO against the very same metrics.
So, if you were now to apply them to your own boss, what score out of 100 would you give him or her? Be as objective as you can. Score your boss on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most positive score, for each of the 10 points below:
Does your boss:
1) Behave authentically by consistently living up to promises made
2) Provide an environment that makes you comfortable to have your say
3) Take you out of your comfort zone, empowering you with opportunities to challenge yourself and grow
4) Exhibit good grace when something goes wrong as a consequence of a mistake you or a colleague have made
5) Behave in a way that continues to build your respect and desire to work for them
6) Build an expectation in you to maintain a healthy work-life balance
7) Exhibit empathy at the very times you really need it
8) Have a level of self-awareness that enables them to understand the impact they have on others, including you
9) Contribute to the on-going development of your self-confidence
10) Stay equally balanced when providing you with positive and negative feedback
After tallying your scores, it is time to reflect on what that score means to you now, and for the future. Remember, nobody is perfect, so in my opinion, a score of 70+ should give you a sense that you can learn and grow from your boss’s style and behaviour.
Scores partially or significantly below that require you to consider what you might be able to do to improve your situation.
Good luck – let me know how you go.