Angie said, “the worst boss I ever had was an ego-centric, know it all who constantly criticized and never did a constructive thing….” Her partner in the exercise said, “really Angie? Was it really that bad? ALL the time?” Angie thought about it for a moment and said, “probably not, but we were all so upset about the havoc she wreaked on us and our projects, that the damage she did seemed way more than it was. In the end it amounted to the same thing – even little obstacles when they come from the boss can seem monumental.”
Have you ever had a really terrible boss? One who was a bully? or who only cared about himself or her own career? Ever had a boss who was a coward or simply lazy? How about that boss that tells you how to do your job when really you have it handled just fine?
Bad bosses in action are really no laughing matter (until you’ve got a new one and are reminiscing over a beer with friends). Bad bosses cause un-measured stress in the work place and are a major cause of business failure or simply underperformance!
The thing is that your boss’s boss may not even understand how much of a problem that bad-apple – or under-trained leader – is creating! Here are nine key tell-tale signs of a boss that needs to improve or be moved to another role (gentle right?).
Each of these keys are indicators that the organization needs help. I have worked with teams who are treading water, unable to move forward on important corporate goals, because the leadership is unskilled and unprepared in one or more of the above nine areas. When the leadership gets right – the group produces!
The game to play now is – see how to turn each of the above nine keys into a constructive quality to aim for.
Do you agree with the list?
What keys would you add?
Can you share any good stories that exemplify these nine or their opposites?
To your continued success!