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Love this comment. A lot of the original questions aren't things I have preferences over (I care more about how someone manages than whether they got there as a career manager or a former dev). This does a pretty good job summing up what I love in a boss!

I will say that being detail-oriented and skeptical and willing to say "no" is something I prefer in a boss. Sometimes that comes from being a former dev and understanding how hard things that "sound easy" to business users can be to actually do. Other times non-devs just seem to "get it" and respect that if "on-the-ground" folks are intimidated by a flood of projects, they probably have a good reason. In other words, I definitely like "umbrella bosses" who serve as gatekeepers to their employees' work-life balance, hold back the floods, and triage.