Are You A Good Boss? Test Yourself With These 5 Questions

Lisa Quast

Lisa QuastContributor

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Think you’re good at managing people? Most managers, when asked, provide a glowing commentary of their stellar people management skills.

Yet research has demonstrated the opposite. A Gallup study of 7,272 U.S. adults revealed that 50% had left their job to get away from their manager to improve their life at some point in their career.

Poor people management skills also negatively affect employee happiness and productivity, with managers accounting for up to 70% of variance in employee engagement scores.

Want to find out how good you are as a people manager? See how many of these five questions you can answer with “yes.”

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Have you clearly defined and communicated the vision and strategy for your group, department or organization?

This doesn’t mean emailing your team a few PowerPoint slides with some words about vision, mission and values. It means asking them to work with you to define the strategy, strategic objectives and the key initiatives the group will need to accomplish together. The higher the level of participation in strategy sessions, the more committed employees will be to helping the group or organization succeed.

Have you worked with each employee to help him or her understand the role they play in contributing to the success of the organization?

According to a Robert Half Management Resources survey, 53% of workers are unable to make the connection between their day-to-day duties and how they impact the company’s financials. To answer yes to this question, you need to have worked one-on-one with each employee to help them create their performance goals, which should be tied to the department or organization’s overall strategy and objectives

Culled from Forbes

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