Are you the boss? Even so, you likely also have a boss of your own. If not, you are definitely in the minority of people who have to work for a living.

If I may assume that you do have a boss, here is your opportunity to assess, evaluate and otherwise rate your boss.

It was quite a while back but Theodore Roosevelt once observed that “The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

I am going to share fifty six statements with you that reflect excellence in management, fifty six statements that separate great bosses from all the rest of the folks who just happen to be in charge. You can just listen and think about the statements as I go along. If you want, you can also list 1 to 56 on a paper and score your boss on each statement.

If you want to keep score, think about each of the statements and how true it is for your boss, every time, in every way. If it’s true most all the time, score it “3.” If it’s usually true but sometimes isn’t, give the statement a ‘2.’ If it’s sometimes true but usually isn’t, give it a ‘1.’ If it’s seldom to never true, give it a ‘0.’ When I have shared all 56 statements, I will tell you how to rate your boss.

OK, here we go.

Level 4: 0 to 41 Oh well, your boss is why they call it WORK; and you will be having a lot of tough days to follow the tough days you have already had. If knowing what you are dealing with is better than not knowing, it’s bad and ain’t likely to change, at least not in your lifetime; but you have surely figured that out for yourself by now. Today may be the day to put that old dog into the truck and take it on down the road; but if that won’t work for you when you take everything into consideration, there are a couple pointers that you need to consider. First, your boss isn’t going to change and there is little to nothing you can do about that; so quit trying to figure out ways to accomplish the improbable. Next, stop getting into discussions with other employees about your boss’ shortcomings. They do no good and only let other people know that you don’t spend as much time on The High Road as you should. Finally, you will need to accept how truly difficult your situation is and double your resolve to do everything you do, with style, on purpose, every time, in every way, with everyone, including your boss, as you stick to The High Road.