Good Boss, Bad Boss?
Do you identify with any of the following?
- You have criticised an employee openly in public
- You have taken credit for the work of others
- Your employees are anxious in your presence
- You expect employees to do what you tell them without question
- You believe employees should automatically know what to do without guidance
- You shout or scream at others in the workplace
- You publicly belittle employees as a method of punishing them
- You have favourites amongst your employees and you make this known
- You dislike or fear delegating
- You constantly check the work of others and micromanage constantly
The more of the above statements you identify with, the greater the chance that you are a ‘Bad Boss’.
Think about the last time you had a ‘Good Boss’. I bet that they:
- Were humble about their own achievements
- Showed integrity
- Were knowledgeable
- Allowed people to work unhindered
- Provided support when necessary
- Were keen to try new things
And if you had a ‘Bad Boss’ they probably:
- Were never there when needed
- Wanted to know what you were doing and why
- Usually said ‘no’ when you suggested new ideas
- Made you feel as if you were not trusted
- Looked glum most of the time
- Talked about themselves a lot and listened very little
I think that you get the idea. Now which type of boss are you and what are you going to do about it?