Kids say the darnedest things. This morning, I helped out as a coach in Kid Kraze, our elementary school environment @ WEC. We did this activity where the storyteller gave a job and the kids would give attributes of that person/job.
It started well, until we got to "Boss". If you are a boss and want to know what your employees think ask their kids. Without any coaxing, the responses were bossy, mean, commanding, don't pay you and pushy.
Chances are, they have never had a job, so where do these answers come from? Obviously they have either heard these adjectives used by those that have a boss or they have been conditioned to believe that way through television or some other stimuli.
That's horrible. I imagine that these impressions help job performance? They are your next employees, and this is what they expect. Imagine if they would have said leader, helped my dad/mom do great, challenging, exciting, motivator... How do we get there?