I've also discovered that, if needed, I can tell him point-blank that he is wrong. This is rarely necessary, but if it is I do not get a blowback: He will listen. And turnabout is fair play -- he tells me when I get something wrong. We've discovered that we're both fair-minded people, and we don't get into the blame game.
Bosses, do not underestimate the power of communicating your expectations clearly and standing by your juniors. Trust and respect can be one of the best ways to keep staff and to keep the business going.
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