Top Leaders Do This One Cool Thing

Hint: It’s all about the people — Monday Morning Manager Series #23

Wendy Scott
3 min readJun 9, 2022


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Close your eyes and imagine that you have the best boss in the world.

Not just an OK boss, a great one. A leader who makes you feel important, cared for and valued. Someone who makes you happy to leap out of bed on a Monday morning and rush into work.

What are they like?

What do they do?

What do they say?

How do they treat you?

I’m guessing you are not citing their qualifications, years of experience or whether they are the office Word expert.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams

And you probably don’t care what your boss looks like, how old they are and whether their hobbies are cool or boring.

A great leader is someone who treats people well.

It’s as simple as that.

Great leaders treat their people like the superstars they are. I’ve had great bosses and terrible ones, and how a leader makes you feel influences how you work.

Traits of Top Leaders

Here is a list of what people say when asked to describe a great leader:

  • Respects me
  • Polite
  • They treat me like a whole person
  • Humane
  • Kind
  • Empathetic
  • Supports me
  • Develops me
  • They back me when I make a mistake
  • Honest
  • Trustworthy
  • Has integrity
  • They never have favorites
  • They thank me for my work
  • Recognizes when I’ve done a great job
  • Shares knowledge
  • Gives me credit for my ideas
  • Are transparent

“A boss has the title, the leader has the people.” — Simon Sinek



Wendy Scott

Brit in Auckland, L&D professional and leader. I can show you how to train people and help you be the sort of leader people want to follow.

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