I got a new job about a month ago, and I'm now in charge of a group of faculty who have a reputation for being difficult, resistant to change, and poorly motivated. It's basically my job to connect with them, turn them around, and get better results. This is the hardest leadership job I've ever had. I've been reading a lot about being a good leader, but I thought I'd ask the wise folks of the VGF your thoughts too.
So, has anyone ever had a really awesome boss? What did he/she do to get the best out of you (salmoning does not count here people). What did your crappy bosses do to make them crappy?