WARNING! Gratuitous and shameless ego stroking below...
With my current employer, there are two formal events that call for an employee to comment on my performance as a boss: the end of their hiring probationary period, and their exit interview. Here's a collection of excerpts from both events - recorded by the human resources director and reported back to me - that keep me coming into the office day after day no matter how bad things get:
"Ted runs department smoothly"
"Likes that Ted is a manager but a developer too"
"He would recommend this as a place to work because of Ted"
"Likes the once per week meetings with Ted re[garding] the knowledge of the system"
"Thought Ted was the best in caliber and by far the most knowledgeable person he has every worked with/for" [I swear that's verbatim!]
"Liked when Ted moved on the floor – brought humor and direction" [referring to a time when I voluntarily left my comfy corner office to join my team in cubicle land]
"Said he preferred the B2B team – likes the structure of the B2B build – more cohesive and easier to work with" [referring to the time when I was running the B2B team while somebody else was running the B2C team]