According to recent studies, bad bosses are named as the main culprits when people decide to change jobs. In addition to the broad body of research and surveys that attest to this fact, I have witnessed it first-hand in my work with executives, many of whom have experienced this all-too-common situation.

If you’re a boss, it might be a good time to stop and reflect on the impact you have on others.

Following this logic and in line with current data, those executives who are strongly committed to their organizations and enjoy their jobs tend to have good bosses. My experience as an executive coach also confirms this. A “good boss”, a strong leader, is behind nearly every happy executive.

I took a step further by asking them how they define good leadership. The qualities they listed include the following:

  • Authentic
  • Generous
  • Positive yet realistic
  • Participatory
  • With a sense of humor
  • Creative
  • Relationship-building
  • Self-confident yet never arrogant… …

Yet there was one attribute that everyone agreed on, which perfectly encapsulates the aforementioned: good bosses INSPIRE others.

Some describe it as a moment in which they’re observing, listening or remembering someone and suddenly feel something that encourages, motivates and excites them!

Maybe you’re asking yourself: “Can I really inspire others?”

And my answer is a resounding “yes”: we are all capable of inspiring others. While I don’t have practical tips to offer on how to achieve it, I think the words of a head of a major organization and inspirational leader might shed some light:

 “How do I do it? I observe and learn from others and then put it into practice. With every person I meet, regardless of their rank or status, I try to hold onto their best quality. I focus on those small moments in time in which one of their words, gestures or expressions makes me feel good. I internalize them and make them a part of myself. And since I’ve adopted them as my own, I unconsciously share them with others through my words and actions.”

I’ll leave you with two questions:

  • In your day-to-day, do you learn something from these small interactions that you share with others?
  • Are you aware of the impact that your words and actions have on the people around you?

Adecco, a global leader in HR consulting, recently published an international study on talent retention that highlights how investing in employee happiness positively affects corporate commitment, productivity and, most importantly, talent retention.

The “blame” most certainly lies with “good bosses”…, leaders who INSPIRE!