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Bosses with great leadership skills

Having the right boss can make all the difference in whether you want to call in sick or if you’re excited to go to work. Great leaders not only know how to treat their employees, but they also create a strong organizational culture where employees are happy and passionate about their job. Here are 10 bosses that made Glassdoor’s 2013 highest-rated CEO list. (Some may surprise you!)

Bosses with great leadership skills

James S. Turley, Ernst & Young

Ranked No. 4

Approval rating: 96 percent

Turley is recognized for creating a high-performance work environment that also represents quality and professionalism. His organization consistently makes Fortune magazine’s "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. Turley also received the 2013 Crystal Leadership Award from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council for his leadership in influencing women’s business success.

Bosses with great leadership skills

Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm

Ranked No. 8

Approval rating: 95 percent

Recently receiving the Edison Achievement Award for making a lasting contribution to innovation throughout his career, Jacobs also came in first place for CareerBliss’ "CEOs who keep their workers happy" study. Qualcomm makes the well-being of its employees a priority through its Health and Safety program and its work environment also promotes diversity.

Bosses with great leadership skills

Marc Benioff,

Ranked No. 13

Approval rating: 94 percent

This CEO became an entrepreneur at the age of 15 when he founded his first company — an entertainment software company to write Atari video games. He has been recognized as Businessperson of the Year by Fortune, one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron’s, one of the Best CEOs in America by Forbes, and he also received an Innovation Award from The Economist.

Bosses with great leadership skills

Carlos A. Rodriguez, ADP

Ranked No. 14

Approval rating: 94 percent

Also listed by CareerBliss as one of the top 10 CEOs who keep their workers smiling, Rodriguez is recognized for promoting diversity in the workforce. According to the Motley Fool, which ranked him no. 11 on its 15 CEOs that Give You an Investing Edge list, Rodriguez says that the company’s culture is one of the reasons employees are happy, and it has always put sales associates front and center. ADP was also voted as one of the top companies for diversity.

Bosses with great leadership skills

Jeff Bezos, Amazon

Ranked No. 16

Approval rating: 93 percent

Referred to as the greatest living CEO by Forbes, as well as the best boss, Bezos is known for being a risk taker and dreamer (Amazon started in a garage) and for developing a customer-obsessed business model. He has been described as a laughable character, which spills over into the unique culture of Amazon. He is also known to spend time with employees, ranging from executives to warehouse staff.

Bosses with great leadership skills

Howard Schultz, Starbucks

Ranked No. 19

Approval rating: 92 percent

No matter how many times a day you show up for your caffeine fix, you'll often find a smiling Starbucks barista eagerly waiting to create the Starbucks experience for customers. This experience, branded by CEO Howard Schultz, is part of the Starbucks culture. Employees are also called partners, and even part-time partners receive great benefits and perks. Starbucks has consistently made the 100 best companies list to work over the past decade.

Bosses with great leadership skills

Ken Chenault, American Express

Ranked No. 20

Approval rating: 92 percent

Some bosses don't like when employees are outspoken, but Chenault loves directness and promotes it in the Amex work environment. He has previously stated that he welcomes constructive confrontation in the workplace and finds it important. He also believes in handling employee issues with care, such as layoffs. It's been reported that many of the employees who were laid off at Amex after 9/11 have returned to their employment.

Bosses with great leadership skills

S. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A

Ranked No. 26

Approval rating: 90 percent

Whether employees work part time at one of the restaurant locations or full time at the corporate headquarters, Chick-fil-A is committed to creating a positive atmosphere and leadership development. Cathy has described his employees as the cornerstone of Chick-fil-A. Employees who work at the corporate office are offered onsite daycare, free meals at the cafeteria and an onsite fitness center. Cathy decided to support a work/life balance by closing all Chick-fil-A restaurants on Sundays. The retention rate for Chick-fil-A, Inc. corporate employees is 95 percent or higher.

Bosses with great leadership skills

Sharen Turney, Victoria’s Secret

Ranked No. 42

Approval rating: 82 percent

New to the list, and the only woman to make the list this year, Turney is recognized in the business and the fashion world for running one of the largest and most popular lingerie brands in the world. Since she took over, sales have grown from $4.5 to $5.5 billion, according to Capital Style. Her dedication to her family is evident throughout numerous interviews — and working under someone who is family-oriented is always a plus. Turney is also a philanthropist who firmly believes in giving back to the community personally. Victoria’s Secret also donates millions of dollars each year.

Bosses with great leadership skills

Jeff Immelt, GE

Ranked No. 50

Approval rating: 80 percent

As the ninth chairman of GE, Immelt has been listed three times as one of the world's best CEOs by Barron’s, and ranked no. 11 on Fortune’s 2013 World’s Most Admired Companies list. GE established its quintessential executive training at its world-famous Crotonville, New York facility and trains 50,000 to 60,000 people annually.

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Source: Glassdoor’s 2013 highest-rated CEO list
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