Smart bosses try to emulate their mothers, writes Mike Figliuolo. That means using your stern face even when you want to laugh off employee mistakes, making sacrifices for the good of your team and being embarrassingly affectionate and demonstrative. "Mom is never too embarrassed to share her feelings and let me know how she feels about me regardless of who's around. And that love and affection means a lot," Figliuolo writes.

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