Becoming Someone’s Best Boss

bestbossThis guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement.

Nearly every expert on employee engagement agrees there is a single, most impactful, means of increasing employee engagement and performance: the Manager.

Taken from the Leadership Development workshops I conduct, here are the five simple ways to elevate the effect your managers have on your corporate culture and employee engagement.

  1. Ask all of your managers to think of who their best boss was throughout their entire career. Have them write that person’s name down on a piece of paper.
  2. Have them write down the three key qualities that made that person their best boss.
  3. Encourage them to pick up the phone and let that person know that they were their best boss, if in fact they had never done so.
  4. Have your managers look back at the three best boss qualities they wrote down and aspire to become excellent on all three of those qualities.
  5. Finally, challenge them to become someone’s best boss.

I have heard back from hundreds of managers who I have navigated through this best boss exercise and have heard nothing but positive feedback.  Leverage the strategy of becoming someone’s best boss to boost employee engagement.  It works.


This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement.

Kevin Sheridan is an Internationally-recognized Key-Note Speaker and New York Times Best Selling Author.  He spent thirty years as a high-level Human Capital Management consultant, helping some of the world’s largest corporations break down detrimental processes and rebuild a culture that fosters productive engagement, earning him several distinctive awards and honors in the process. Kevin’s premier creation, PEER®, has been consistently recognized as a long- overdue, industry-changing innovation in the field of Employee Engagement.  He is also the author of The Virtual Manager, which explores how to most effectively manage remote workers.  His book, “Building a Magnetic Culture,” made six of the best seller lists including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

Kevin can be reached via email at, on LinkedIn at and on twitter @kevinsheridan12. His webpage is

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