Archive for May, 2013

Fortunately for me, one of my great bosses was a woman – JoAnn Doherty – she was and still is a great mentor.

May 3, 2013

I have had four really great bosses who, combined, cover over 20 years of my career. They all had slightly different styles, but all were positive mentors who let me make own mistakes – no micromanaging. Gave me a task & then left me to accomplish it. They were always open and available to answer questions and/or to give guidance. They truly wanted me to succeed, constantly giving constructive feedback, good and “bad”. When mistakes were made, they became teaching moments for my bosses – they would help me realize what I “could have done” rather than what I “should have done”.

In short, they have helped to make me what I am today, confident and, I like to think, a good boss – working on great. I mentor more than “boss”; we learn what we are taught. I love this quote:

There is a real difference between managing and leading. … Managing winds up being the allocation of resources against tasks. Leadership focuses on people. My definition of a leader is someone who helps people succeed.” Carol Bartz, Yahoo! CEO