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  • Challenges me to do my best.

  • Sets a good example.

  • Explains the reasons
    for instructions & procedures.

  • Helps me polish my thoughts
    before I present them to others.

  • Is objective about things.

  • Lets me make my own decisions.

  • Cares about me & how I'm doing.

  • Does not seek the limelight.

  • Won't let me give up.

  • Gives personal guidance & direction,
    especially when I'm learning something new.

  • Is empathetic & understanding.

  • Is firm but fair.

  • Keeps a results orientation.

  • Makes me work out
    most of my own problems or tough situations,
    but supports me.

  • Lets me know where I stand.

  • Listens exceptionally well.

  • Doesn't put words in my mouth.

  • Is easy to talk with.

  • Keeps the promises s/he makes.

  • Keeps me focused on the goals ahead.

  • Works as hard or harder than anyone else.

  • Is humble.

  • Is proud of those managers s/he has developed.

  • Gives credit where credit is due.

  • Never says "I told you so."

  • Corrects my performance in private.

  • Never flaunts authority.

  • Is always straight-forward.

  • Gives at least a second chance.

  • Maintains an open door policy.

  • Uses language that is easy to understand.

  • Lets bygones be bygones.

  • Inspires loyalty.

  • Really wants to hear my ideas
    & acts on them.

  • Lets me set my own deadlines.

  • Celebrates successes.

  • Is open & honest.

  • Doesn't hide bad news.

  • Gives me enough time
    to prepare for discussion.

  • Is enthusiastic.

  • Follows through.

  • Is patient.

  • Wants me to "stretch" my skills.

  • Gives me his/her full attention
    during discussions,
    & won't be distracted.

  • Has a sense of humor.

  • Handles disagreements privately.

  • Reassures me.

  • Makes me feel confident.

  • Tells me the "whole story."

  • Says "we" instead of "I".

  • Makes hard work worth it.

  • Can communicate annoyance
    without running wild.

  • Is courageous.

  • Insists on training.

  • Is a stabilizing influence in a crisis.

  • Gets everyone involved.

  • Wants me to be successful.

  • Is optimistic.

  • Operates well under pressure,
    or in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Has a reputation for competence
    with his/her own peers.

  • Has a good understanding of the job.

  • Is tough & tender.

  • Believes we can do it.

  • Sets attainable milestones.

  • Communicates philosophy & values.

  • Is perceptive;
    doesn't believe that everything
    needs to be spelled out.

  • Has a strong sense of urgency.

  • Preserves the individuality
    of his/her team members.

  • Thinks & operates at a level
    above that expected.

  • Wants to make the organization
    the best in the industry.

  • Is willing to act on intuition;
    believes feelings are facts.

  • Empowers us.

  • Is there when we need her/him.

  • Enjoys his/her job.

  • Likes to spend time with us.
  • - From "The One-Minute Manager" -
    - By Kenneth Blanchard -

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