A good boss

Un bon patron

can supervise and discipline without being harsh.

connects with his workers.

gets to know his employees. Caring, nice, friendly

gives constructive criticism; is willing to listen to your ideas; creates a relaxed and constructive work atmosphere.

inspires but does not micromanage

inspires you to improve your work rather than threatening you.

is a good role model that pushes for excellence while remaining understanding.

is efficient, perceptive, and is available to discuss important matters with employees when needed.

is encouraging.

is loved and respected by his employees.

is someone who can delegate tasks without being overbearing

is supportive, motivating, and intellectually challenging

is understanding, fair, yet can be firm

is understanding, gives interesting work, and guides you.

is understanding, motivating, and helpful.

is understanding, sees potential, rewards good and hard work.

leads by example, uses positive encouragement; has strong knowledge base, excellent leadership and interpersonal skills

lenient, kind, forgiving

pays attention, is smart, works hard

respects his workers, makes sure the company has a good reputation, does not limit the pay of his workers so that he can pay himself better

strives to keep his employees happy just as much as himself.

teaches, respects, is laisser faire.

treats you with respect

understands his or her shortcomings, knows when someone else is more qualified and uses those human resources properly.

compréhensif, charismatique

comprend le coté humain de l'employé

est efficace dans ses décisions

est juste, sait mettre une bonne ambiance de travail

est la personne qui sait entendre et comprendre les problèmes de ses employés et qui crée la motivation autour de lui

est respectueux, est attentionné, motive ses subordonnés

est tolérant, ouvert, modeste, attentif, et efficace

exigeant mais qui sait motiver et comprendre

fait tout le monde faire ce qu'il sait mieux faire.

me semble être quelqu´un qui s´intéresse aussi au bien être de ses employés, parvient à motiver ses équipes

motive ses subordonnés, est efficace et crédible

pas stupide, pas autoritaire mais exigeant

repère les compétences.


En général, les élèves français et les élèves américains ont tous décrit une image parfaite d’un patron. Ce n’est donc pas facile d’être leurs patrons. Heureusement, ce sera plutôt eux-mêmes des patrons dans la future. D’après eux, un patron doit être compréhensif, exigeant, efficace, juste, intelligent, et il doit écouter, respecter et encourager ses employés.

Les opinions sont plutôt communs mais il y a aussi des petites différences. Pas mal d’élèves américains pensent qu’un bon patron respectent et communique beaucoup avec ses employés pour écouter leurs opinions et discuter les décisions importantes avec eux alors que les élèves français espèrent que leurs patrons s’intéressent plus au leur bien être et qu’ils sont attentionné.

Les élèves américaines exigent plus l’intelligence de leur patron. Il doit être « intellectually challenging » , « smart » et avoir « a strong knowledge base ». Q’un élève fraisais n’a dit qu’un bon patron n’est « pas stupide ». Egalement, un bon patron dans les yeux des élèves américains sait bien repère les compétences et partitionner les taches puis inspirer.

I think that's pretty representative (in a very broad sense) of the way the French and the Americans think. The Americans care more about their individuality and having a say on the decisions, while the French care more about collective values such as well-being and a good work environment. Seems to me like many things in the 2 countries work that way: the goverment, the schooling, etc.

I also believe that the reason why you see so many responces that correspond to the boss' intelect might also have something to do with how you view yourself waiting for a company with an unworthy superior. I don't know about everyone else, but I prefer to work under someone you can respect for his accomplishments, than for someone who I don't really think belongs in that leadership position that makes decisions about my career.

Again, I feel like Americans managed to mention their feelings. A boss should be understanding while the French focused more on how his work should actually be. He should have done the work of his employees but has done it better and can provide positive criticism. I agree with Giorgio. You want a boss that is well qualified and is someone you can look up to not someone who is not involved or aware of what is happening. In most jobs in France, do people have direct relations with their boss? Is the boss often present and easily approachable?