The Boss in the Family has absolute control over his minions; he doesn't get to be the Boss by sitting back and letting his goombahs walk all over him. The power a mob boss has over his consigliore, his underboss, his capo regime, and his solders? He worked hard to get that power and he has to work even harder to keep it. He strikes both fear and awe in subordinates. He's known to be ruthless, willing to give and take life to better the Family (and all with a strong moral compass, of course).