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Celebrating The Boss

“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.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

Celebrated on October 16th, “National Boss’ Day” has become an international celebration and is observed in countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia, India, South Africa, Ireland, and Egypt.

Boss’ Day has come a long way from being only a note of appreciation given to the senior in charge to being a mark of great respect on both ends.  The role of a boss was previously just to give orders and supervise work.  Now, it revolves around being a mentor, a team leader, a motivator, and encouraging subordinates to conduct actions in a particular manner to achieve the best possible results.  Guidance and interactions frame a major part of their responsibilities.


How it began

Patricia Bays Haroski, who was working for her father as a secretary for State Farm Insurance in the late 1950s is credited with registering “National Boss’ Day” with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1958. Patricia’s purpose was to designate a day to show appreciation for her boss and other bosses.  She also hoped to improve the relationship between employees and supervisors.

Four years later, in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Patricia’s Chamber of Commerce registration, and officially proclaimed the day.  But it was not until 1979 that Hallmark started publishing Boss’ Day cards. By the year 2007, this became extremely common and there was almost a 90% increase in the total size and celebrations of National Boss’ Day.


Did you know?

Patricia Bays Haroski chose October 16th for National Boss’ Day because it was her father’s birthday.