How much work does your boss actually do?
A lot. She’s good at delegating work, but in crunch times, she takes on as much extra work herself as she gives to her staff.
How much money do you think she makes?
Also a lot.
Is she overpaid?
I don’t think so. She is paid more than the industry average for her position, but we are in a high cost of living area, so I think it evens out. I’ve seen her be called into work in the middle of the night, home from vacations, etc. I think she does more work than the other people at her salary level.
Do you trust her?
Absolutely. She’s gone to bat several times for people who work for her when it would have been just as easy to let them hang. I’ve seen her start many conversations by saying “I’m sorry, I think I’ve made a mistake. Can you help me fix it?” My last boss would have put red hot daggers in her eyes before she would say she made a mistake.
If you were sick, could she fill in for you for a day and do a decent job?
No, because what I do is fairly specialized. She created my job because she saw that she needed someone with a very specific set of skills, which I think speaks well to her ability to evaluate her own responsibilities, and how best to execute them.
Does she treat everyone equally?
Yes, to a fault. Sometimes I think she wastes time by listening to each person’s opinion in a case where what is needed is a quick executive decision. But, that’s her style, and it works to her advantage in many other areas, so I see why she feels she must adhere to it in almost all situations.
Interesting thread. Thinking about this made me appreciate my boss, I usually don’t ponder this sort of thing.