What are some important qualities of a good supervisor (boss)? Use specific details and examples to explain why these qualities are important. (Full Score)

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  • Lin Qiu
    September 20, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    TOEFL Writing Topic: What are some important qualities of a good supervisor (boss)? Use specific details and examples to explain why these qualities are important. (Full Score)

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    The former CEO of a prominent multinational corporation recently stated his philosophy concerning business management, which can be paraphrased as follows: ‘First, I hire very bright individuals; and then I get out of their way’.

    This idea suggests that a boss should be comfortable with his or her hiring decisions and that often translates directly into allowing subordinate employees a wider degree of freedom in terms of making their own decisions. In other words, a good boss should not ‘micromanage’ the staff, i.e., if the workers are doing their jobs appropriately, then a good boss should only provide support and encouragement. This idea extends all the way to the so-called lowest level employees in the company: It is important for a good boss to show respect to everybody with whom he or she comes in contact with.

    On the other hand, most ‘bosses’ or supervisors are not CEOs of major companies. In truth, most bosses operate at a lower level and as such they often have far more contact with the lower-level staff. In these cases, the bosses are intermediaries between the ‘big bosses’ and the company workers, so the situation can become much more complicated. What will the boss do if the ‘big boss’ wants to fire half of the employees to save money? In this case, a boss needs to be honest and I think that is a very important characteristic. The boss should try to find a way to soften the impact of upper management decisions.

    Thirdly, I think that a good boss needs to be patient with new workers because everyone makes mistakes. Some important executives started as lower-level employees and worked their way up the corporate ladder. It is likely that they made errors along the way. If the same consideration were to be extended to all of the staff it is likely that internal corporate relationships would improve. [316 words]


    Notes:

    1. All of the prompts are from former TOEFL exams.
    2. The information available online, i.e., Google search results, is either misleading or wrong relative to length: [an organization] states independent essays should be between 280-320 words. More words than needed is equivalent to more opportunities to make a mistake. Students should be informed re: word count, i.e., MORE WORDS does not mean a higher score.
    3. Information concerning paragraphs/content available from [a TOEFL training school], etc. is also wrong: the number of paragraphs is irrelevant and the only important issue re: content is to RESPOND DIRECTLY to the prompt, i.e., the raters/software doesn’t care about structure or content except the latter must Make sense and Must directly respond to the prompt [to preclude prepared essays].
    4. UK usage/spelling is entirely acceptable.
    5. AVOID complex grammar; avoid ‘Chinese English’ usage; 5 tenses: present, past, future, present perfect [have done/has been], and conditional [would go/could do it] are OPTIMAL.
    6. Don’t rewrite the prompt in the first paragraph of your essay…it’s okay to paraphrase [use words that mean the same thing].
    7. Recent TOEFL change…students found test takes too long, so there are fewer multiple-choice questions, i.e., essays are now more heavily ‘weighted’]