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Traits of an Ideal Boss: What Australians Have to Say


360 Degree Feedback is an important part of our leadership development programs or management consulting in Perth. We are firm believers that feedback from subordinates, peers and executives is essential for the growth and sustainability of any business.

However, even though we always strive for the process to be pure and organic, most people “filter” themselves within what they believe to be appropriate for their given situations. That is why we are so happy we ran across this article in “Adelaide Now” last month.

Recently, a poll from McCrindle Research surveyed close to 600 workers to find what traits Australians value the most in their bosses. When people participate in anonymous surveys, they are much more likely to tell the truth. They have no fear of reprisals or “office politics,” and this almost always guarantees authenticity of the poll.

So what is the first trait Australians value in a leader? They simply want the leader to be competent in the art of leadership. This means being able to communicate effectively and to show consistency, vision and intellect in the decision-making process.

The next most-valued trait was ambition. If the management doesn’t care where the company is going and doesn’t want to compete in the marketplace, employees won’t feel motivated or empowered to put forth a lot of effort for that company.

Being open to new ideas was the next most-valued trait. Caring was fourth, and being able to cooperate and work as a team was fifth.

Meanwhile, the most-despised trait in bosses was micromanagement. Australians want bosses who provide firm and clear objectives–then get out of the way so they can do their jobs.

We are encouraged by the results of this survey on a number of levels. In our fundamental leadership development program, which is called the “Advanced Management Program,” implementation of what we teach would result in a leader with all of the traits that Australians prefer.

We teach a strong commitment to ethics, leadership by example, and the development of leaders from within a company. We help leaders develop a sense of vision. Ultimately, the concepts we teach help produce the kind of leader that those polled said they prefer.

Call (08) 9242 8122 if you would like to learn more.

Ron Cacioppe

Ron Cacioppe is the Managing Director of Integral Development and holds a BSc, an MBA and a PhD. He has taught in the Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.

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