Qualities of an Ideal Boss

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By Katie Corbett

This week, I have been thinking a lot about leadership. I have realized that as I’ve gotten older, it is easier for me to be led by people who have personality types that I had found difficult to work with in the past. I think this is because I have thought a lot about the qualities that make a supervisor ideal for me, and I will not work for someone unless they display those qualities. For me, they are:


• Self-aware: I enjoy working for people who are aware of not only their strengths, but the areas in which they need to grow.

• Motivated: I work best under people who are motivated to see a project through to the end.

• Goal oriented: I work really well under people who know what needs to be done and have goals and benchmarks set to get us there.

• Vulnerable: I excel under people who can be vulnerable, and who can allow others to be vulnerable, about their failings, feelings, and frustrations.

• Encouraging: I perform my best under people who are encouraging and supportive.


I encourage you to think about the qualities that make an ideal supervisor for you. In order to make that list, are there some examples you can point to in your life of people who can lead well?

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Do you have what it takes to be your own boss?

Katie Corbett holds "The Everything Career Tests" book

By Katie Corbett


When I was unemployed, I had the idea in the back of my mind that starting my own business could be fun. Besides, I had just come from an experience at a job where I’d had an awful manager, so the idea of being my own boss was very appealing. I had also just read, “The 4-Hour Workweek,” by Tim Ferriss, and was enchanted by his carefree lifestyle. I wasn’t sure if I had the grit to make it as a business owner, so I was relieved when I found an assessment test in “The Everything Career Tests Book,” by Robin Holt.


When I took the assessment, I realized I wasn’t comfortable not earning a steady paycheck, wasn’t sure I was up to the strategic analysis I would need, and didn’t feel I had a viable business idea yet. The result I got was to move forward slowly.


I got a part-time job so I could pay the bills while I started my business. I connected with other entrepreneurs who could support me in my journey. I found fellow career coaches and interviewed them about how they made coaching work. I recognized that my strengths didn’t lie in video production, web development, or graphic design, so I hired other freelancers to work with me on those aspects of my business. I’ve been reading sales books and attending workshops about how to get more clients.


It has been a slow process. I haven’t replaced my income yet to a point to where I’m comfortable enough to leave my job. I’m happy with my progression and I’m a firm believer that when it is time, things will fall into place.


Do you wonder if you have the passion and perseverance to start a business venture? Why not pick up a copy of “The Everything Career Tests Book” and find out. As it did for me, the assessment will guide you to what you need to work on to get yourself to a place of readiness and confidence.


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