How to Recommend a Professional Boss

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An employee may agree to write a letter of recommendation for a boss for a variety of reasons. The boss may be seeking another position, promotion or be eligible for an award or other incentive. A letter of recommendation should briefly outline the qualities of the boss that you deem to be worthy of praise.

  • Identify yourself and the relationship you have with your boss. For example, you may say that you are one of his subordinates. Also include the amount of time that you have known your boss.

  • Explain what you perceive his position to be and give examples of how he has improved the workplace. For example, if you believe your boss is responsible for increasing sales by implementing a certain sales method, explain it in detail.

  • Describe the leadership style that your boss uses. Use specific examples that outline why you believe he is a good leader. For example, you could write that his open-door policy has helped you as an employee because you know that you can go to him with problems or issues that arise.

  • Give specific examples or anecdotes of times in which your boss resolved a problem in a professional and efficient manner.

  • Explain that you believe your boss is the best candidate for the position or award he is seeking.

Tips & Warnings

  • Carefully review the instructions, if any, for a letter of recommendation. Some companies have specific formats and word counts for recommendations.
  • Although you should use personal anecdotes to differentiate your letter from a generic letter of recommendation, be careful not to include stories that reveal any confidential information in your current position.

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