Most people have had at least one boss that they absolutely loved. These types of leaders can be hard to come by but they do exist. The secret ingredient to becoming a beloved boss often lies in very simple processes. Yet there seems to be a major disconnect. According to a recent Gallup poll, 50 percent of employees are disengaged from their work and one of the major reasons is terrible leadership. This means that the cost of being an unliked leader isn't just a strike to your ego – it is also a matter of business productivity. 

For those of you out there looking to become a leader that employees look back on with a smile, here are a few of their defining traits.

1. They're a part of the team – We all know the movie screen version of the evil boss who sits secluded in his office with his feet propped up on the desk. The only time he interacts with his employees is to yell out criticism before he retreats to his comfortable office. No one likes that character for good reason. Employees value bosses who aren't above getting their hands dirty and working alongside the rest of the team. Put your personal power aside and show you are a boss who will get things done no matter what. CEO contributor Jeff Haden explained that a likeable boss is never entitled, nor does he view any task as too menial for his help. Show your employees that work is a group effort and that you consider yourself very much a part of their team.

"The best bosses celebrate your successes."

2. They create a community – According to LinkedIn Pulse contributor Bernard Marr, any good boss works to create a desirable company culture. This can manifest itself in a lot of different ways, whether it be hiring employees with compatible work ethics or organizing company events for your existing staff. A happy workplace can do wonders for your employees. Who wouldn't prefer going into an office with an enjoyable atmosphere? Marr noted that this has a lot to do with hiring the right people. Be wise enough to let go of people who don't fit in with the culture and recognize the value of people that do. Your influence on the company culture can play a big role in workplace happiness.

3. They're human – Remember that evil movie boss we referred to? This is another thing he is lacking: humanity. Okay, maybe that is a bit dramatic. But who wants a boss that essentially operates like a robot? The best bosses celebrate your successes, worry about your failures and support you through them both. Employees want a boss they can relate to and potentially aspire to be some day. Show your staffers your more vulnerable side. This doesn't mean you have to throw professionalism to the wind. There is a happy medium between crying in your employee's lap over a lost client and a blank stare of indifference. Find your middle ground.

4. They genuinely recognize your efforts – Would you believe us if we told you that recognition can do more for employee happiness than a pay raise? Well, it's true. Entrepreneur reported that 65 percent of employees would be happier if they received more recognition in the workplace whereas only 35 percent would be happier with a raise. People value genuine recognition for the work they put in. Great bosses recognize this and act upon it. Sitting your employees down for some well-earned positive feedback can benefit everyone in the end.

"People value genuine recognition for the work they put in."

7. They really listen – Communication is key. Any leader knows this. However, many managers forget that the process doesn't always end with listening. The best conversations end with some sort of action. Whether it be a complaint or suggestion, a good boss figures out a way to listen and then act. "Great leaders show their associates that their opinions are valued, that they are respected and that they are being listened to. This helps associates realize they are making a difference," explained Sandy Geroux, according to Business News Daily. Employees admire bosses who really listen to their comments. So, be present and active in all conversations, and who knows? Your employees may provide you with your next great business idea.