10 Ways To Be a Bad Manager and Leader
If you’re a manager, you probably want to spend some time figuring out if you are guilty of doing any of the following things that make you a bad manager. Keep in mind, it only takes one of these things and if you are guilty of several, you probably have turnover – big time.
1-Use your employees as a shield – In order to look good to the higher level, it’s a nice touch to point the finger at an employee. To ensure you look even better, maybe you fire that person to demonstrate just how serious you are in your blaming.
2-Hover like a helicopter – Because you don’t trust your employee or don’t know how to spend your day, you hover over your employees watching them work. It comforts you and totally disrupts the employee.
3-Feed your ego – You probably work hard to ensure everyone knows you’re in charge. As you puff out your chest, you can be sure that alone will garner snickers behind your back. You’re still the same person only more repulsive.
4-Tells employees how to do their job – Nothing is more inspiring than to treat people like they know nothing and you know it all, even if you do.
5-Poor communication – If you aren’t setting expectations, direction and giving feedback continuously, you need a department of psychics. No one can read your mind.
6- Yells – If you ever want someone to really hear and understand you, don’t yell.
7-Clueless – Sometimes situations at work dictate that you take over a group/function you know absolutely nothing about. You can’t hide nor can you pretend your way around this fact although bad managers do all the time. You need to train and learn if you are ever really going to lead this group. It’s not a sign of weakness.
8- Can’t or won’t define a strategy or direction – Guess what? Leaders, lead. That means they have a direction or strategy to accomplish.
9- No management training – Managing is not the same job as “doing”. If you haven’t had any training or done much reading on the subject, chances are high you aren’t doing a good job at managing.
10- No employee growth or nurturing – Employees are like plant-life. If they are kept in the dark, not given room to learn and grow or given the respect, they will leave or die-at-their-desk.
Managing is a unique opportunity to learn new skills and to work with others at a different level. If done right, it can be the best job in the world and employees will appreciate you and crave working for you. Wouldn’t that be a great goal to have?
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By Dorothy Tannahill-Moran