Aside from seeking stretch opportunities for you and fostering a positive environment, a confident boss will readily tell you this:
“Our goal is to get to the best results and products. You are empowered to be your best, and that may even mean surpassing and outperforming me or outdated standards and expectations. Do it. That is how we’ll be the best.”
It’s one thing for a boss to say, “I hire people who are smarter than me.” It’s another for a boss to be comfortable and expect direct reports to surpass and outperform her or his position.
A boss who says the top quote above is confident, believes in self, in you, and will deliver the best because of you.
You will also professionally reap what you sowed.
That’s who you want to work for and with.