Our boss is leaving…again.  She hired me in 2001, left for a few years, came back and now she is leaving again.  We will miss her a great deal and most everyone who works for her recognizes her as one of the best bosses ever.  Her name is Cheryl Salomone and she is the person who encourages, challenges, supports and makes us laugh.

Inc. magazine theorizes: When bosses consistently does five things, they get the results they want from both their employees and their business.   The top five qualities of the very best bosses: 1. Develop every employee.
Every successful manager needs great employees. "Without great employees, no amount of focus on goals and targets will ever pay off."  Instead of worrying about meeting or beating performance goals, develop employees' skills. Achieving the goals is a natural outcome of that.

2. Deal with problems immediately.
When problems are not immediately addressed, employee morale, motivation and enthusiasm suffer. This is also distracting, because problems don't solve themselves and could grow into something bigger. When you ignore problems, your employees lose respect for you. Without respect, you can't lead.  

3. Rescue your worst employee.
Every business has at least one employee who has fallen out of favor. He may have failed at a big project or lost her cool in a meeting or just can't keep up with the workload. That person is viewed as the weak link. What the best bosses do: Before you fire him, put your full effort into rescuing him. Work together to find ways to make him successful.  

4. Serve others, not yourself.
As much as possible, put your employees in the spotlight -- not you.  What the best bosses do: Consistently act as if your employees are more important than you are, and never ask them to do something you don't do.

5. Always remember where you came from.
You are the boss. People look up to you, especially new employees. They may even be in awe of you -- just because you are the one who is in charge. What the best bosses do: Take time to talk to your employees. Inspire them, reassure them, motivate them. Remember where you came from, and be gracious with your stardom.