At some work locations, complaining about the boss is as regular an occurrence as filling out your timecard or taking a lunch break.
But a new survey shows that workers have quite a bit of confidence in the supervisors who lead them.
Forty-four per cent of more than 400 US workers surveyed by staffing service OfficeTeam said their boss has very strong leadership skills. An additional 32% said their boss has somewhat strong leadership skills.
Meanwhile, 67% of respondents said they could not do a better job than their boss. Just 22% said they think they can do a better job than their boss, and the remainder said they didn't know or the question did not apply to them.
For those who are interested in becoming a manager, OfficeTeam suggested considering five questions:
Are you comfortable making difficult decisions? Choices made by managers don't always please everyone.
Can you inspire others? The ability to motivate others is an essential part of management.
Are you a good listener? Strong communication is a key to leadership, and hearing the perspectives of others is an important part of the dialogue.
Do you mind taking the blame? The boss often is held accountable when things go wrong.
Are you OK stepping away from day-to-day activities? Management roles can mean delegating tasks and relinquishing hands-on duties.
—Ken Tysiac (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a CGMA Magazine editorial director.