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Unit 06 :
What is your boss like?
Repeat these sentences with your teacher first.
- boss (n.)
- pretty (adv.)
- smart (adj.)
- honest (adj.)
- already (adv.)
- successful (adj.)
- rich (adj)
Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.
Hey Zoey, what’s your boss like? Is he nice?
Yeah, he’s pretty nice. He’s also smart and honest.
That’s good. How old is your boss?
I think he’s 32 years old.
Wow, and he already has his own company?
Yeah, he’s a successful and rich guy.
Sounds like it.
Read the article with your teacher.
5 Characteristics That Make A Good Boss
Too often we see managers manipulate the truth with customers and employees alike to make an extra buck. A boss with integrity does not do this. A good boss is transparent about the business’s financial and ethical positions with clients and customers and maintains a line of open communication.
To have an effective work relationship, the boss and employee must have a mutual respect for one another. As stated above, a good boss is transparent and communicative about the company’s business dealings, quarterly reviews and projected goals. They work with their staff rather than above, and celebrate individuality and hard work.
An unwillingness to change with the times is the death knell of any business, and a boss who refuses to create, collaborate or elevate a business will contribute heavily to its loss. Good business owners welcome change and recalibrate business practices and staff training to better fit in the community. A company has to be able to grow for a chance at success, a natural leader will see change as a positive and will happily work to make better things happen.
A negative or quick-to-worry manager is unwilling to make changes to an outdated business model and often fails to recognize what is best for the company. A manager who maintains a positive outlook and recognizes that lessons are learned from failure will better support the staff and help the business grow. People learn by trial and error and a worthy manager celebrates this on a daily basis.
Protect Their Own
If a customer or client is upset with a product or service the business has provided, this type of boss does not throw his staff under the bus. He listens to the customer, defends the staff member, and through professionalism and good manners, comes to a solution that supports all parties involved.
Answer the following questions to your teacher.
- Who is the greatest boss you ever worked for?
- What are the differences between a boss and a leader?
- How do you go from boss to leader?
- What are a team leader’s responsibilities?
Choose the correct answer.
1. She won the first prize! What a ____ girl!
2. I’m ____ sure that she has _____ graduated.
much / already / pretty / little
3. Jack is ____ , he never tells lies.
4. He ____ _____ ____ .
is going to / a rich man / be / a successful man
5. I _____ already _____ New York.
have / visited / been to / go