Becoming Someone’s Best Boss

October 20, 2015 by

Best BossNearly 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.



Kevin Sheridan is an internationally-recognized Keynote Speaker, a New York Times Best Selling Author, and one of the most sought-after voices in the world on the topic of Employee Engagement. For five years running, he has been honored on Inc. Magazine’s top 100 Leadership Speakers in the world, as well as Inc.’s top 100 experts on Employee Engagement. He was also honored to be named to The Employee Engagement Award’s Top 101 Global Influencers on Employee Engagement of 2017.

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

Kevin received a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 1988, concentrating his degree in Strategy, Human Resources Management, and Organizational Behavior. He is also a serial entrepreneur, having founded and sold three different companies.