Introduction

We did not discover the topic of Best Bosses as an outgrowth of a predetermined academic pursuit to uncover the secrets of great leadership. It germinated rather from a simple comment to Duncan, made by an individual named Joel as he was describing why he loved his current job:

It’s because of my boss. He is absolutely the best boss I have ever had in my life. I am given autonomy and freedom to run my business unit. He gives me constructive feedback when necessary and recognition when warranted. He has my back in all situations. And he really cares about me as a person. I don’t think I will ever be able to work for anyone else again because this experience has been so great.

While Joel’s description of his boss was intriguing, ...

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