Each one of us would like to work for a boss who is good-natured, cooperative and uses just the right amount of push to get the job done. We hate bosses who manage with intimidation and fear. A boss ready to blame others for mistakes, unwilling to hear bad news and easily irritated with the small details is definitely not the ideal boss. But there are no clear black and white demarcations when assessing your manager because most of them fall in the grey category. So it is through observations, assessing your boss through certain parameters and watching his speech and behavior that will help you to understand the kind of manager you work for.
You can assess your boss based on his reaction to certain situations. For instance, if you have finished a certain section of a project and want your boss to run through it, you can gauge his attitude by his reaction. A good boss will sit with you and review the work you have done so far and give you critical feedback and clarify if there are any deviations from the project goals. On the other hand a poor boss will brush off your request and wait till the last minute to review your work and if there are any mistakes he will ask you to sit late and make the necessary changes just before the deadline.
Another way to assess your boss is to observe his reaction when you present potential problems in a project or assignment to him, which he may have to answer his bosses for in the future.
Good bosses will appreciate your foresight even if the problem did not occur or was slightly different. Such a boss will acknowledge that you care about the work of the team and also forewarned him of potential issues with his bosses. A bad boss, on the other hand will ignore your warnings, term you as difficult and with a negative attitude, and even give you the cold shoulder but when a problem occurs he can readily shift the blame on to you.
Good managers also like to hear about problems and answers to them from their subordinates. They appreciate it if you can give a comparative analysis of the different solutions. Such bosses prefer to arrive at solutions after brainstorming rather than take individual decisions and also the sole credit for them. A bad boss, on the other hand when offered solutions could accuse you of giving him no room to think. Consequently his team will think twice before presenting ideas or solutions to him.
A good boss is more than somebody whose personality matches with yours. He is honest in his interactions, communicates his expectations from the team and appreciates and recognizes their efforts. He also gives regular feedback to help his team improve.
He appreciates the inputs he receives from his team while at the same time helps them with problems. He stands up for his team especially when interacting with senior management. He keeps his cool and is friendly and approachable and shares every credit with his team.
A good boss is inclusive in his attitude, does not discriminate among team members and endeavors to maintain harmony in his team. He tries to make work fun by bringing in new and exciting ideas
These are some of the parameters to help you judge how good your boss is. You can use your performance review meeting to discuss his qualities that help you do well in your work and also his drawbacks, which limits your growth. If your boss is good, he will react positively to such constructive criticism and change his management style to help his employees.
A good boss is someone who provides adequate support and at the same time challenges you to develop new talents. Consider yourself lucky if you work for such a boss and use the opportunity to learn from him. So, a good manager or a boss is the one who always gives you some critical feedback.