Knowing a Good Boss and a Bad Boss

Posted June 7, 2010
By Clay Cerny

To be happy at your job, you need to know what kind of person you like to work for.  Some people want a hands-on supervisors who give clear directions.  Others prefer easy-going types who let their employees do things on their own.

Before you go on another job interview, take a few minutes to think about what you like and what you don’t like in a boss.  Make a list with two columns – plus and minus.  Think about all of the jobs you have held.  What did your former supervisors do that you liked?  What did they do that drove you crazy? 

Use this list after each interview to grade your potential employers.  If you take a job where you are not a fit with the boss, it’s a good bet that you will not be happy.  Think about this problem before you take the job.  If you need the job to pay your bills, take the job with the bad boss, but keep looking for a position with a supervisor that will work well with you.  Find a good boss, and you will have a good job.