By Stephen E. Kohn




Did you ever notice that there are certain managers or bosses who are admired and for whom people love to work?  Are you a manager looking to develop your own leadership skills?  Or as a manager, do you have the responsibility to develop the skills in others?  Then my most recent book, “6 Habits of Highly Effective Bosses” will be an invaluable tool which can be successfully utilized in these areas, and reduce the “higher-than-average” turnover so many companies are currently experiencing. 


In today’s highly-competitive job market, it has become increasingly challenging for companies to not only recruit, but to also maintain, the most qualified employees.  Companies today are struggling with how to be creative enough in order to attract potential employees, as well as what they can offer their current staff.  In addition to benefits, employees are seeking a certain environment in the workplace.  “6 Habits of Highly Effective Bosses” holds the “golden key” to creating this environment.


People management can be the most rewarding, yet frustrating part of a leader’s job.  I have discovered and offer the aptitudes which are valued most in managers, ranging from the supervisor role, all the way to the executive level of management.


As an example, in “6 Habits of Highly Effective Bosses” I make the reader aware of the warning signs of people management problems within a department, or a company, for that matter, and I make it easy to identify these signs, and then offer ways to effectively apply solutions.  I outline a strategy which includes positioning management in a relationship-building role between the managers and their direct reports.


Throughout the book, I continue to address in detail the indispensable six habits of effective bosses…bosses who everyone admires the most.  These habits provide a framework for leaders to follow, and I have developed and present these skills in a professional and natural way…which is instrumental in the success of these 6 habits.  It’s an easy read for a busy manager seeking effective and timely results. 


A synopsis of the Six Habits:


  1. Expanding self-awareness.

Most of us have heard the expression “knowledge is power.  Through the process of gaining greater self knowledge and learning more about ourselves, we develop less uncertainty and more self-assurance and self-confidence, thus, we are less like to act impulsively or in a way that is destructive to ourselves or our relationships.  So, whether one is managing a company, department, team meeting, or simply taking part in a friendly conversation, developing this “habit” is paramount to successful interactions.


  1. Practicing empathy.

Empathy is simply defined as “the capacity to understand and respond effectively to the unique experience of another.”  The ability to genuinely have a solid understanding about a number of things regarding the people who work for you, and be able to express it empathetically, has proved to be an essential component in successfully managing people.




  1. Following "Golden-rule" principles.

Doing what is “right” rather than what is expedient can e difficult, but it is widely admired.  The Golden Rule’s premise is to turn the tables “hypothetically and ask, “How would I feel if I were in his, her, or their place?”  Although this is difficult at times to do, following the principles embodied in the “Golden Rule” is a highly-admirable “habit” in the workplace.


  1. Maintaining proper boundaries.

Part of the challenge of managing a group of people is exercising judgment and self control in their roles as leaders, especially in the context of how they develop interpersonal relationships with their staff.  Certain behaviors are congruent in order to manage effectively, and not to not compromise their managerial authority.


  1. Criticizing artfully.

It is not easy being on the “receiving end” of an encounter in which the message is that a performance is poor or that an unavoidable mistake has been made.  It is important to balance the message being delivered with the importance of delivering it in a way that does not undermine the feedback and encourages its acceptance, creating motivation for the desired performance improvement.



  1. "Flexing" to different people’s styles.

Identifying the different “styles” of people, and then being flexible enough to adapt to another person’s “process” is a “key” habit of a highly-effective boss.

It is a temporary adjustment of a few behaviors to improve the results of an interaction and strengthens the manager-employee relationship.


As a business management coach and leadership trainer for companies ranging from mid- size to Fortune 500 corporations, I also incorporate the “6 Habits of Highly Effective Bosses” as a part of the company-sponsored training courses I conduct, and I implement these “habits” in my one-on-one personal coaching sessions. 


If you would to order a copy of the book, or would like information about our training courses and seminars, please call our toll-free #1-800-943-7090.


“6 Habits of Highly Effective Bosses”   Publisher Information:

Publisher - Career Press, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey    ISBN# - 1564148327