Looking back on my career, I find it difficult to name even a handful of great leaders I have worked for. This is sad. In fact, it’s maddening. But there was one boss I had who was not an average boss.

His name is Jack, and he was amazing. Jack made me want to do better, be better, make him proud, and make him look good.

I worked harder and better … for Jack. He did not make me feel a mistake would be so big it couldn’t be fixed. He made me feel growth comes from stretching yourself and taking calculated risks. And when a person stretches him or herself and takes a risk, they fall and sometimes skin their knees so to speak. But once their knees heal, they know better the next time. It has been over fifteen years since I worked for Jack. I still carry the lessons from working for him with me. I make choices in my business some might consider unorthodox or against the advice of successful global leaders, yet I continue to grow. As I grow, I offer more insight and better advice to my clients. Even better, I can confidently give them permission to make mistakes so they can grow too.

The above is an excerpt from my book G Factor: 8 Secrets to Increasing Your Gravitational Pull at Work. Jack epitomized one of the eight characteristics of a person we like to work with and work for. Next week, I will share the #1 secret to being a great leader in my free webinar. Please join me. Register here.